Inediti affreschi in Santa Clara a Pavia: studi alla luce della circolazione di modelli seriali nella Lombardia di fine Quattrocento
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This article discusses hitherto unpublished frescos from an observant Poor Clares monastery in Pavia, which date back to the late fifteenth century. An historical and iconographic analysis demonstrates that there was a strong bond with the local Observant convent of San Giacomo and with other male Observant houses in Northern Italy, particularly concerning a series of paintings dedicated to the Passion of Christ. The essay presents an examination of the iconographic relationship between the frescos in the nuns choir and several incisions by the Alsatian engraver Martin Schongauer as well as pictures by Vincenzo Foppa, Lorenzo Fasolo, Bergognone and other painters who worked in Lombardy and Liguria. Additionally the focus is set on the comparison between the iconographies of a mural painting in the dormitorium and precious miniatures, such as that of Antonio da Monza (who was himself an Observant Franciscan) and that of other artists who produced book illuminations for members of the Visconti and Sforza dynasty. Furthermore the artistic commissions for the monastery are considered in the light of contemporary artwork, with particular regard to the circulation of models and patterns in Northwest Italy. Finally the paper identifies desiderata and suggestions for future research.
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