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List of illustrations

  • Baptism of Christ, detail
  • Martyrs Door, detail
  • Design for a Thurible
  • Annunciation to Zacharias, detail
  • Annunciation to Zacharias
  • The "Catena" View of Florence
  • Exterior view of the Strozzi sacristy
  • Strozzi sacristy door
  • Palazzo Medici
  • Palazzo Pitti
  • Palazzo Strozzi
  • Palazzo capponi delle Rovinate (da Uzzano)
  • Birth tray with "Triumph of Fame" on one side
  • Birth tray with Medici emblems on one side
  • Battle of San Romano
  • Presentation in the Temple, detail
  • Alberti arms
  • Crucifixion with Saints Lawrence, Frediano, and Catherine of Alexandria, the Virgin, Saints Mary Magdalene, John the Evangelist, and Sebastian, and the Archangel Raphael and Tobias
  • Santa Maria Novella, detail showing the Rucellai emblem
  • Palazzo Rucellai, detail showing the Rucellai arms
  • Holy Sepulcher shrine
  • Palazzo Spini
  • Adoration of the Magi
  • Adoration of the Magi, detail
  • Adoration of the Magi, detail
  • Adoration of the Magi
  • Journey of the Magi (with portraits of the Medici family)
  • San Pier Maggiore Altarpiece
  • Empress Helena Recognizes the True Cross
  • Mystical Marriage of Saint Catherine of Alexandria
  • Presentation in the Temple
  • Tomb of Leonardo Bruni
  • Portrait bust of Matteo Palmieri
  • Assumption of the Virgin
  • Sacrifice of Isaac
  • Baptism of Christ
  • Sacrifice of Isaac
  • Saint Louis in Niche
  • Virgin and Child
  • Saint John the Evangelist
  • Saint George, detail
  • Virgin and Child, detail
  • Ospedale degli Innocenti, detail of exterior arcade
  • Holy Trinity
  • Trinity (center panel of polyptych)
  • Trinity (center panel of polyptych)
  • Virgin and Child with Donor, Simone da Spicchio
  • Virgin and Child with Tobias and the Archangel Raphael, and Saints Nicholas, Anthony Abbot, Julian, and Donnino
  • The Ascension of Saint John the Evangelist with Saints (right wing of polyptych showing Saints Peter, Romuald, Catherine of Alexandria, and Jerome)
  • Coronation of the Virgin, detail (right panel)
  • Temptation of Christ
  • Tomb of Bartolomeo Valori
  • Tomb of the Serristori family, detail
  • Virgin and Child
  • Last Judgment, detail
  • Construction of the True Cross, detail
  • Virgin and Child with Angels ("Chellini Tondo")
  • I Quattro Santi Coronati
  • Quattro Santi Coronati, detail of lintel showing sculptors at work
  • Saint Dominic with the Crucifix
  • Saint Dominic Praying before the Crucifix
  • Coronation of the Virgin
  • Coronation of the Virgin, detail
  • Saint Peter Distributing Alms, detail
  • Virgin and Child, detail
  • Saint Thomas Receiving the Virgin's Belt with Saints Michael Archangel, Augustine, Margaret of Antioch, and Catherine of Alexandria
  • Self-Portrait
  • Vittorio Ghiberti
  • Virgin and Child
  • Battle of the Nudes, detail
  • Portrait of Giovanni di Antonio Chellini da San Miniato, detail showing the inscription on the inside rim
  • Tomb effigy of maestro Giovanni di Antonio di Chellino da Sanminiato
  • Portrait of Giovanni di Antonio Chellini da San Miniato
  • Feast of Herod, detail of Baptismal Font, frontal view
  • Saint Mark
  • Base of the niche for Saint Louis
  • Martyrs Door, detail
  • Martyrs Door, detail
  • Virgin and Child with Angels ("Chellini Tondo"), detail
  • Coronation of the Virgin, detail showing Saint Theopista
  • Verification of the Stigmata of Saint Francis, detail
  • Self-Portrait
  • The layers of the scalp, and the cerebral ventricles (recto)
  • Saint Peter Distributing Alms
  • Saint Peter Healing with His Shadow
  • Saint Peter Distributing Alms, detail
  • Last Supper
  • Saint Jerome with the Trinity and Saints Paula and (?)Eustochium
  • The Resurrection, the Crucifixion, the Entombment
  • Spring (Primavera)
  • Visitation
  • Portrait of a Young Woman
  • Portrait of a Young Woman
  • Annunciation to Zacharias, detail
  • Martelli arms
  • Saint George
  • David
  • David, detail
  • David, detail
  • Ginevra de' Benci
  • Head of a Woman
  • Madonna with the Child and Scenes from the Life of St. Anne
  • Coronation of the Virgin, detail
  • Bernardo Bandini Baroncelli Shown Hanged
  • View of the wall with the tomb of Francesco Sassetti, with the scenes of the "Verification of the Stigmata of Saint Francis" and, above, of "Saint Francis before the Sultan"
  • Verification of the Stigmata of Saint Francis
  • Verification of the Stigmata of Saint Francis
  • Verification of the Stigmata of Saint Francis
  • Scenes from the Life of St. Francis
  • Verification of the Stigmata of Saint Francis, detail
  • Saint Francis Renounces His Worldly Goods, detail
  • Confirmation of the Franciscan Rule by Pope Honorius III, detail
  • Confirmation of the Franciscan Rule by Pope Honorius III, detail
  • Resuscitation of the Roman Notary's Son, detail
  • Six Studies of Figures for the Adoration of the Magi
  • Head of a Woman
  • The Flood
  • Virgin and Child with Saints ("San Marco altarpiece"), detail
  • Virgin and Child with Two Angels, detail
  • David with the Head of Goliath
  • Purgatorio, Canto X, Punishment of the Proud, detail
  • Saint Mary Magdalene
  • Cavalcanti Annunciation, detail
  • Landscape
  • Star of Bethlehem, with Crowsfoot and Wood Anemone
  • Inferno, Canto XIX, Corruption among the Clergy: Punishment of Simonists
  • Purgatorio, Canto XIX, Ascent to the Fifth Terrace
  • Paradiso, Canto I, Ascent to the Heaven of Fire
  • Inferno, Canto XXII, Eighth Circle, Punishment of the Corrupt
  • Paradiso, Canto X, Ascent to the Fourth Planetary Sphere (Heaven of the Sun)
  • Purgatorio, Canto X, Punishment of the Proud
  • Head of Saint Philip for the "Last Supper"
  • Saint Francis Renounces His Worldly Goods, detail showing a witness
  • Trial by Fire, detail showing a pagan philosopher
  • Betrayal of Christ, detail showing the kiss of Judas
  • Saint Francis Renounces His Worldly Goods
  • Tribute Money
  • The Ascension with Christ Giving the Keys to St Peter
  • Flagellation
  • Baptism of Christ
  • Story of Abraham
  • Story of Joseph
  • Story of Isaac
  • Spring, detail
  • Apollo and Daphne
  • Ascension of Saint John the Evangelist, detail
  • Study after figures from Giotto's "Ascension of Saint John the Evangelist
  • Celebration of the Relics of Saint Stephen
  • Raising of Drusiana
  • Feast of Herod, detail
  • Feast of Herod, detail
  • Model for the Forteguerri Monument
  • Battle
  • Battle of the Lapiths and the Centaurs
  • Diomedes and the Palladium
  • Creation, detail
  • Battle of the Nudes
  • Horsetamer
  • Battle, detail
  • Battle of the Lapiths and the Centaurs, detail
  • Journey of the Magi, detail
  • Vision of Saint Bernard, detail
  • Virgin and Child with Saints ("San Marco altarpiece"), detail
  • Virgin and Child with Saints Andrew (or Philip), Nicholas of Bari, John the Baptist, and James
  • Madonna and Child with Saints Andrew, Benedict, Bernard, and Catherine of Alexandria with Angels
  • Virgin and Child Enthroned with Saints Cosmas and Damian, Lawrence, John the Evangelist, Mark, Dominic, Francis, and Peter Martyr ("San Marco altarpiece")
  • Entombment
  • Barbadori altarpiece
  • Virgin and Child with Saints Francis, John the Baptist, Zenobius, and Lucy
  • The Virgin and Child Enthroned among Angels and Saints
  • Virgin and Child with the Young Saint John the Baptist and Saints James and Peter
  • Virgin and Child Tabernacle
  • Virgin and Child
  • The Infant Christ and Young Saint John the Baptist
  • Saint Augustine in His Study
  • Virgin and Child with Two Angels
  • Christ Crowned with Thorns
  • Annunciation
  • Annunciation
  • Annunciation
  • Annunciation
  • Annunciation
  • Virgin and Child with Saints Thomas Aquinas, Barnabas, Dominic, and Peter Martyr
  • Christ in Glory with Saints and Dominican Blessed
  • Christ in Glory with Saints and Dominican Blessed, detail (center panel)
  • Coronation of the Virgin
  • Coronation of the Virgin
  • God the Father, detail of Saint George niche
  • Annunciation, detail
  • Mocking of Christ
  • Annunciation
  • Annunciation
  • Coronation of the Virgin
  • Story of Joseph, detail
  • Annunciation, detail
  • Annunciation, detail
  • Annunciation
  • Annunciation ("Vettori")
  • Madonna and Child with Saints, detail
  • Annunciation, detail
  • Virgin and Child with the Infant John the Baptist, Saint Martin of Tours, Saint Catherine of Alexandria and the Donors, Tanai de' Nerli and His Wife, Nanna di Neri Capponi
  • The Nerli Altarpiece, shown in its original frame
  • Saint Martin Giving His Cloak to a Beggar
  • Virgin and Child with Saints John the Baptist and John the Evangelist
  • Virgin and Child with Saints Thomas and Peter (originally Saint Augustine)
  • Vision of Saint Bernard
  • Nerli altarpiece, detail
  • Nerli altarpiece, detail
  • Adoration of the Magi
  • Madonna of the Harpies
  • Entombment
  • Transfiguration
  • Wedding Feast, detail showing the Medici arms
  • First scene from the Story of Nastagio degli Onesti: Nastagio in the Pine Forest of Ravenna
  • Story of Nastagio degli Onesti, second scene: Nastagio Witnesses the Punishment of Guido degli Anastagi and his Beloved
  • Third scene from the Story of Nastagio degli Onesti: Banquet in the Pine Forest
  • Story of Nastagio degli Onesti, fourth scene: Wedding Feast
  • First scene from the Story of Nastagio degli Onesti: Nastagio in the Pine Forest of Ravenna, detail
  • Nastagio Witnesses the Punishment of Guido degli Anastagi and his Beloved, detail
  • Third scene from the Story of Nastagio degli Onesti: Banquet in the Pine Forest, detail
  • Wedding Feast, detail
  • Annunciation to Zacharias, detail
  • Wedding Feast, detail
  • Birth of the Virgin, detail showing a portrait of Lodovica Tornabuoni
  • Visitation, detail
  • Birth of the Baptist, detail
  • Marriage of the Virgin
  • Tomb of Francesco Sassetti
  • Francesco Sassetti, detail
  • Wedding Feast, detail
  • Wedding Feast, detail
  • Wedding Feast, detail
  • Wedding Feast, detail
  • Resuscitation of the Roman Notary's Son, detail showing Sibilla di Francesco Sassetti and Alessandro Pucci
  • The Wedding at Cana, detail
  • First scene from the Story of Nastagio degli Onesti: Nastagio in the Pine Forest of Ravenna, detail
  • Inferno, Canto I
  • Inferno, Canto V, The Punishment of Lust
  • Inferno, Canto XXIX, The Punishment of Falsifiers
  • Wedding Feast, detail
  • Wedding Feast, detail showing portraits of Antonio Pucci and Francesco Sassetti with other guests
  • Portrait of Francesco Sassetti as donor
  • Confirmation of the Rule of the Franciscan Order, detail
  • Giuliano de' Medici
  • Wedding Feast, detail
  • Annunciation to Zacharias, detail
  • Wedding Feast, detail
  • Calumny of Apelles
  • Calumny of Apelles, detail
  • Wedding Feast, detail showing a scene of clemency
  • Conquest and Clemency, from Arch of Marcus Aurelius
  • Arch of Constantine, detail
  • Wedding Feast, detail
  • Leonara de' Bardi Halts the Magistrate's Procession, title-cut of Ypolito Buondelmonti and Dianora de Bardi
  • Wedding Feast, detail
  • Enameled silver plates decorating a volume of Petrarch's "Triumphs" and other works
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Description: Images and Identity in Fifteenth-Century Florence
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Description: Images and Identity in Fifteenth-Century Florence
BOOK IX OF BENEDETTO VARCHI’S History of Florence contains a “digression” from the ordered narration of political events. In it he describes the city and its customs as they were in the recent past – still a living memory, but one to be recorded for posterity. This is perhaps the first social history of Florence, although the association of the greatness of the city with the condition of its citizens and the grandeur of its monuments had a tradition in the social commentary of its …
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Description: Images and Identity in Fifteenth-Century Florence
Sums are quoted in this book as they occur in the sources. Payments, prices, and salaries in fifteenth-century Florence were expressed, according to their context, in one of three different, but interrelated currencies: gold florins, copper- and silver-based coins (monete di piccioli), or a money of account (the lira). The florin – the coin of commerce and international exchange – was marked with the city’s emblem of a lily and its reputation was protected over time by communal legislation. To …
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Description: Images and Identity in Fifteenth-Century Florence
THE IMPORTANT MEN OF A MAJOR CLAN gather in a piazza. They are accompanied by their supporters and clients (pls. 3, 4). Grouped around an altar, they discuss and ponder a sacred event. Some turn to greet newcomers. All are grave and dignified. The square is bright and well ordered. It is ornamented with stately architecture, sculpture, and multi-colored marbles. It is a fiction – a painted history on a chapel wall. It is also a fact – a willed and commissioned fact of family honor. It is …
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LEON BATTISTA ALBERTI DEVOTED THE THIRD BOOK of his dialogue On the Family to the subject of domestic economy. The assembled members of the Alberti family discuss the expenditures that pertain to the honor and reputation of the lineage, the casa. Leon Battista’s cousin Lionardo cites the number of occasions that “our fathers” had undertaken such expenditures …
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IN AUGUST 1456 THE SCULPTOR DONATELLO presented the physician maestro Giovanni di maestro Antonio di Chellino with a gilt bronze roundel showing the Virgin and Child with attendant angels (pl. 56). The roundel has the form of a dish. Its interior is of measurable yet uncertain and uneven depth, as though alluding to the illusion of a projected space, which is then partly denied by the dense compression of figures. A balustrade curves in front of the group. One angel seems to move out from behind …
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IN OCTOBER 1462 FRANCESCO SFORZA, the Duke of Milan, ordered three dozen pairs of eyeglasses from Florence, “because there are many who request of us eyeglasses that are made there … since it is reputed that they are made more perfectly [there] than in any other place in Italy” He had previously ordered eighteen pairs, and soon after he died his successor, Galeazzo Maria, ordered fifty more, “perfectly made according to the ages specified in the list.” The picture of the bespectacled court with …
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IN CANTO X OF Purgatory, Dante and Virgil climb onto the first terrace of Purgatory, a sheer face of white marble “adorned with such carvings that not only Polycleitus but Nature herself would there be put to shame.” The carvings display three supreme examples of humility to Dante’s admiring gaze: the Virgin accepting the angel’s message of the incarnation, David dancing before the Ark of the Covenant, and the emperor Trajan moved to take vengeance for the murder of a poor widow’s son. …
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So advised Paolo da Certaldo in his mid-fourteenth-century book of behavioral guidance. Though the spiritual gaze might seem awkwardly bifocal, with one eye raised and the other lowered, the injunction rests on great authority.
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GIANNOZZO DI ANTONIO PUCCI MARRIED Lucrezia di Piero di Giovanni di Jacopo Bini in 1483. Four panels based on a tale from Boccaccio’s Decameron can be connected with this marriage (pls. 213-16). From Sandro Botticelli’s workshop, the paintings measure about 83 by 140 cm. each, or 1 1/2 by 2 1/2 Florentine braccia. Their size and format suggests that they were designed to be the type of decorative inset known as spalliere, placed above shoulder (spalla) height in the wainscoting of a panelled …
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Bibliographic Notes
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Bibliography
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