Studies in Italian Art


24 x 17 cm
420 pp. 362 illus.
Publication: 2001
ISBN 1 899828 32 X
ISBN-13 978 1 899828 32 6

Book Description

Andrew Ladis is Franklin Professor of Art History at the University of Georgia. Over the course of the last twenty years he has written extensively on Italian art. In addition to books on Taddeo Gaddi and on the Brancacci Chapel, he has made notable contributions to the study of early Italian painting and sculpture with essays on such figures as Giovanni Pisano, Giotto, Jacopo del Casentino, Ambrogio Lorenzetti, and Niccolò di Tommaso.

But the range of his interests, made apparent by this collection, extends far beyond fourteenth-century Florence and Siena to encompass Tuscan painting of the fifteenth century, Renaissance maiolica, the writings of Giorgio Vasari, biography, and modern historiography. Further, the assembled essays and book reviews embrace a wide array of art historical problems, such as connoisseurship, patronage, workshop procedure, and the relationship between form and meaning. Of particular note is a major interpretive essay on one of the key monuments of the Renaissance, the mural decoration of the Brancacci Chapel painted by Masaccio, Masolino, and Filippino Lippi. Appearing here in revised form, this study is newly accompanied by a copious number of illustrations, including some never before published.


  • Preface
  • Giovanni Pisano: Unfinished Business in Siena
  • The Velluti Chapel
  • An Early Fourteenth-century Triptych in Memphis and Florentine Painting in the Glow of Duccio
  • The Legend of Giotto’s Wit and the Arena Chapel
  • An Old Picture in Florence
  • Immortal Queen and Mortal Bride: The Marian Imagery of Ambrogio Lorenzetti’s Cycle at Montesiepi
  • A High Altarpiece for San Giovanni Fuorcivitas in Pistoia and Hypotheses about Niccolò di Tommaso
  • Antonio Veneziano and the Representation of Emotions
  • An Order for Drawings after Agnolo Gaddi’s True Cross Cycle in Florence
  • The Reflective Memory of a Late Trecento Painter: Speculations on the Origin and Development of the Master of San Martino Mensola
  • The Death of Giovanni d’Ambrogio
  • Salvation and Vision in the Brancacci Chapel
  • ‘Two Nude Figures by Masaccio’ and the Importance of Being Earnest
  • Sources and Resources: The Lost Sketchbooks of Giovanni di Paolo
  • The Music of Devotion: Image, Voice and the Imagination in a Madonna of Humility by Domenico di Bartolo
  • Benvenuto di Giovanni at Sixteen
  • Perugino and the Wages of Fortune
  • Ornatissimi Vasi: Italian Maiolica and the Renaissance
  • Richard Offner: the Unmaking of a Connoisseur
  • Book Reviews
  • Additional Notes
  • Index

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