Art and Architecture in Naples, 1266-1713: New Approaches by Cordelia Warr, Janis Elliott

By Cordelia Warr, Janis Elliott

Usually overshadowed by means of the towns of Florence and Rome in art-historical literature, this quantity argues for the significance of Naples as an inventive and cultural centre, demonstrating the breadth and wealth of creative adventure in the city.* Generously illustrated with a few illustrations particularly commissioned for this ebook* Questions the conventional definitions of 'cultural centres' that have resulted in the overlook of Naples as a centre of inventive significance* an important addition to the English-language scholarship on artwork in Naples

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Further examination of the work Vasari completed in Naples is found in Giovanni Previ­ tali, La pittura del Cinquecento a Napoli e nel Vice­ reame, Turin, 1978, 40–4; Roberto Pane, ‘Vasari e Dosio nella Napoli vicereale’, in Il potere e lo spazio. Firenze e la Toscana dei Medici nell’Europa del ‘500, Florence, 1980, 252–4; Pierluigi Leone de Castris, Pittura del Cinquecento a Napoli, 1540–1573, 85–134. For the early history of the foundation of the church and the subsequent change of its name in 1581, see Franco Strazzullo, ‘La fondazione di Monteoliveto di Napoli’, Napoli Nobilissima, 3, 1963, 103–11; Leone De Castris, ‘Napoli 1544’; De Girolami Cheney, ‘Vasari and the Monteolivetan Order’.

53 Vasari was asked to paint the refectory of the monastery and to decorate the walls and the ceiling of the room with scenes appropriate for the space as the monks’ primary dining hall. At this relatively early moment in the career of Vasari the commission would have been a valuable one for the artist. 54 Yet, Vasari states that initially he was not keen to take on the project. 56 In his Life, Vasari deliberately presents himself as an artist who takes on commissions for ‘honour’ rather than money.

Following his condemnation of local artistic culture from the time of Giotto until his arrival in the city, Vasari disclosed that during this period the imported works of both Raphael and Perugino could be found in Naples. 66 Essentially, Vasari was unable to appreciate the variety of styles and international influences which co-exist in a world city. 67 In his story of Giotto’s depiction of King Robert of Anjou’s kingdom as an ass bearing a packsaddle loaded with the crown and sceptre and a similar saddle holding the same symbols of sovereignty placed at the animal’s feet, Vasari demonstrates the problems inherent in providing the stability which he believed was necessary to encourage the training and development of artists in Naples.

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