Studies in Early Tuscan Painting


24 x 17 cm
462 pp. 254 illus.
Publication: 1992
ISBN 0 907132 45 6
ISBN-13 978 0 907132 45 5

Book Description

Professor van Os has spent twenty years working on Tuscan painting, and his contributions to the study of the Sienese school are of great importance. This volume brings together for the first time his articles on Tuscan art in the period leading up to the Renaissance in Florence and Siena. They represent one of the most important individual approaches to the subject in recent decades. A number of the studies reprinted here have been specially translated from Dutch for this book.

The volume begins with five studies on problems of methodology involved in dealing with the art of this period. Eight further studies follow on the iconography of early Tuscan art. Finally eight studies deal with individual Sienese painters.


  • Preface
  • The Devaluation of Research
  • The History of Art and Social History
  • Fakes and their Significance for Cultural History
  • Vecchietta and the Persona of the Renaissance Artist
  • The Black Death and Sienese Painting. A Problem of Interpretation
  • Snow in Siena
  • The Assumption in Sienese Painting
  • The Madonna and the Mystery Play
  • St Francis of Assisi as a Second Christ in Early Italian Painting
  • Vecchietta and Blessed Sorore
  • The Discovery of an Early Man of Sorrows on a Dominican Triptych
  • The Earliest Altarpieces of St. Francis
  • Mary as Seamstress
  • Possible Additions to the Work of Niccolò di Segna
  • The Reconstruction of Simone Martini’s So-called Polyptych of the Passion
  • A Choir-book by Lippo Vanni
  • Lippo Vanni as a Miniaturist
  • From Rome to Siena: the Altarpiece of San Stefano alle Lizza
  • Giovanni di Paolo’s Pizzicaiuolo Altarpiece
  • Reassembling a Giovanni di Paolo Triptych
  • Vecchietta and the Franciscan Predella: A Renaissance Artist and his Workshop

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