Requirements of Devout Contemplation: Text and Image for the Poor Clares in Trecento Pisa

Flora, Holly and Pecorini Cignoni, Arianna (2006) Requirements of Devout Contemplation: Text and Image for the Poor Clares in Trecento Pisa. Gesta, 45. pp. 61-76. ISSN 0016-920X

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Abstract

This article analyzes two works of art made for the Poor Clares in Pisa in the third quarter of the fourteenth century. One is a set of frescoes featuring the Life of the Virgin that once decorated the nuns' choir of the convent of Santa Chiara Novella at San Martino, and the other is an illustrated manuscript of the "Meditationes Vitae Christi" possibly also made for the San Martino nuns. Our study of the Life of the Virgin cycle in both works ad the interrelationship between text and image reveals an emphasis on the "imitatio Mariae" designes to instruct the nuns in basic aspects of female Franciscan convent life, including obedience and community, as well as devotion to poverty and to the Eucharist.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: An early draft of this study was presented at the conference "Pictor in Carmine" at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, October 2003.
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D111 Medieval History
Depositing User: dr Vincenzo De Luise
Date Deposited: 29 Oct 2014 12:04
Last Modified: 01 Dec 2014 05:59
URI: http://www.rmoa.unina.it/id/eprint/621

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