Studies in the History of Italian Art 1250-1550


24 x 17 cm
443 pp. 324 illus.
Publication: 1996
ISBN 0 907132 92 8
ISBN-13 978 0 907132 92 9

Book Description

Professor Cole has written extensively over the last twenty years on Italian art of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, with monographs published on Giotto, Masaccio and Piero della Francesca, and a standard work on Agnolo Gaddi. He is co-editor of the Corpus of Early Italian Paintings, now in preparation.

This book brings together thirty-five of Professor Cole’s papers and reviews. They include studies of the great figures of trecento and quattrocento Tuscan art, reconstructions and rediscoveries of works from the period, catalogues of Italian works of art in American collections, and reviews of new and standard works in the field.


  • Preface
  • The Interior Decoration of the Palazzo Datini in Prato
  • A Madonna Panel from the Circle of the Early Duccio
  • A New Work by the Master of the Arte della Lana Coronation
  • A Reconstruction of Masolino’s True Cross Cycle in Santo Stefano, Empoli
  • Three New Works by Cenni di Francesco
  • A New Work by the Young Lorenzo di Niccolò
  • Masaccio, Lippi or Hugford?
  • A Giottesque Crucifix in San Pietro in Monticelli
  • On an Early Florentine Fresco
  • Another Look at Giotto’s Stigmatization of Saint Francis
  • Richard Offner and Modern Trecento Scholarship
  • Giovanni Lami’s Dissertazione Old and New in the Early Trecento
  • Il Cristo in pietà – Un Taddeo di Bartolo trascurato
  • Giotto’s Apparition of St. Francis at Arles: The Case of the Missing Crucifix?
  • A Popular Painting from the Early Trecento
  • Some Discoveries in the Cappella Maggiore in Santa Croce, Florence
  • Ruskin at Assisi
  • Some Sinopie by Taddeo Gaddi Reconsidered
  • Taddeo Gaddi, Giotto, and Assisi
  • A New Niccolò di Buonaccorso
  • Italian Maiolica from Midwestern Collections
  • Morelli, Mea, and Giotto
  • Some Thoughts on Orcagna and the Black Death Style
  • Painting After Mid-Century
  • The Last Quarter of the Trecento
  • Virtues and Vices in Giotto’s Arena Chapel Frescoes
  • Titian and the Idea of Originality in the Renaissance
  • R. Offner and K. Steinweg, Giovanni del Biondo (Corpus of Florentine Painting)
  • R. Oertel, Early Italian Painting to 1400
  • M. Lavin, Piero della Francesca: The Flagellation
  • H.W. van Os and M. Prakken, The Florentine Paintings in Holland
  • B. Fredericksen and F. Zeri, Census of Pre-Nineteenth-Century Italian Painting in North American Public Collections
  • A. Smart, The Dawn of Italian Painting
  • J. Hook, Siena: A City and Its History
  • Additional Notes
  • Index

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