Venice Illuminated Power and Painting in Renaissance Manuscripts Helena Katalin Szépe

Format:
Hardback
Publication date:
24 Apr 2018
ISBN:
9780300226744
Imprint:
Yale University Press
Dimensions:
400 pages: 279 x 229mm
Illustrations:
225 color + 25 b-w illus.

For patricians in the Republic of Venice, paintings in manuscripts marking their appointment to high office expressed a tension between selfless service and individual ambition. Originally of value solely in confirming an elected officer, these unique documents were transformed through art into enduring monuments promoting state ideals, individual status, and family memory. This book introduces the reader to a long-hidden world of beautiful and complex images, and to tales of personal sacrifice, political maneuvering, and family intrigue. Analysis of these small paintings sheds new light on canonical works by such artists as Giovanni Bellini, Titian, and Veronese, as well as on tomb sculptures and public memorials. Extensive original material on artistic patronage in Venice and its territories abroad encourages an expanded understanding of art in the service of the state and of Venice as empire. 
 

Helena Katalin Szépe is associate professor of art history in the School of Art and Art History at the University of South Florida, Tampa.