Preaching, Law and Image in Quattrocento Florence

Debby, Nirit Ben-Aryeh (2018) Preaching, Law and Image in Quattrocento Florence. In: Verbum e ius: predicazione e sistemi giuridici nell'Occidente medievale = preaching and legal frameworks in the Middle Ages. Reti Medievali E-Book (32). Firenze University Press, Firenze, pp. 347-365. ISBN 978-88-6453-809-9

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Giambologna’s bronze reliefs in the Salviati Chapel in Florence’s church of San Marco, dating from 1581 to 1587, illustrate the life of Archbishop Antoninus (Antonino Pierozzi), who was active in Florence in the mid-fifteenth century. The first scene in the series of six bronze reliefs depicts St. Antoninus Receiving the Dominican Habit from the Blessed Giovanni Dominici. Antoninus appears as a young boy kneeling before his spiritual mentor, Giovanni Dominici (1356-1419), another famous Dominican preacher; two groups of spectators, lay and ecclesiastical, are observing the event. According to Antoninus’ biographers, as a young boy he was much fascinated by Dominici’s sermons, which led him to appeal to Dominici to let him join the Dominican order. Concerned about Antoninus’ tender age, Dominici decided to test him; he gave him the task of learning Gratian’s Decretum by heart. After a year, Antoninus was examined by Dominici and was able to convince him of his true faith. Dominici then gave the habit to Antoninus – the scene depicted on the relief. This paper shall address the interrelationships between canon law and public preaching as expressed in the activities of two celebrated Dominican preachers Giovanni Dominici and Antoninus Pierozzi in fifteenth century Florence. It will examine a variety of sources including sermons and visual images to address the close connections between canon law and preaching as expressed in literary exempla used in sermons and in images showing the spectacle of popular preaching.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Nella Parte III: Norme e procedure giudiziarie tra divulgazione e rappresentazione = Rules and legal proceedings between dissemination and performance.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Middle Ages, 15th Century, Law and Religion, Florence, Venice, Giovanni Dominici (Banchini) OP, Antoninus Pierozzi OP, Dominicans, Preaching, Sermon, Law, Ius
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D111 Medieval History
Depositing User: dr Vincenzo De Luise
Date Deposited: 17 Mar 2019 07:23
Last Modified: 17 Mar 2019 07:23


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