Archives par étiquette : Napoli

Publication : “The Neapolitan Crèche at the Art Institute of Chicago”.

BELLENGER Sylvain, ROMANO Carmine et ROSENBERG Jesse, The Neapolitan Crèche at the Art Institute of Chicago, New Haven, Yale university press, novembre 2016, 176 p.

BELLENGER Sylvain, ROMANO Carmine et ROSENBERG Jesse, The Neapolitan Crèche at the Art Institute of Chicago, New Haven, Yale university press, novembre 2016, 176 p.

Présentation de l’éditeur :

The 18th-century Neapolitan crèche at the Art Institute of Chicago, which contains over 200 figures arranged in a panorama of street life, represents the pinnacle of a rich artistic heritage. This luxurious catalogue is the first to study the crèche in the context of art and music history. Essays explore the Neapolitan crèche tradition and examine the design of Chicago’s example with reference to other important crèches in Europe and the United States. Entries on individual figures identify the characters and types they represent, as well as their social and historical meaning and religious significance. Other entries address groups of figures, animals, and cultural themes present in the crèche. Together the essays and entries highlight the astonishing realism and potent symbolism of these figures, which range from heavenly angels and the Holy Family around the manger to street vendors and revelers feasting, drinking, and dancing in a tavern.
Sylvain Bellenger is director of the Museo de Capodimonte, Naples; Carmine Romano is a PhD student at Paris-Sorbonne University; and Jesse Rosenberg is clinical associate professor, musicology, at the Northwestern University Bienen School of Music.

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Publication : “The matter of miracles. Neapolitan baroque architecture and sanctity”.

HILLS Helen, The matter of miracles. Neapolitan baroque architecture and sanctity, Manchester, Manchester University Press, 2016, 656 p.

HILLS Helen, The matter of miracles. Neapolitan baroque architecture and sanctity, Manchester, Manchester University Press, 2016, 656 p.

Présentation de l’éditeur :

This book investigates baroque architecture through the lens of San Gennaro’s miraculously liquefying blood in Naples. This vantage point allows a bracing and thoroughly original rethink of the power of baroque relics and reliquaries. It shows how a focus on miracles produces original interpretations of architecture, sanctity and place which will engage architectural historians everywhere. The matter of the baroque miracle extends into a rigorous engagement with natural history, telluric philosophy, new materialism, theory and philosophy. The study will transform our understanding of baroque art and architecture, sanctity and Naples. Bristling with new archival materials and historical insights, this study lifts the baroque from its previous marginalisation to engage fiercely with materiality and potentiality and thus unleash baroque art and architecture as productive and transformational.

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Publication : The Ethics of Ornament in Early Modern Naples. Fashioning the Certosa di San Martino.

NAPOLI Nicholas J., The Ethics of Ornament in Early Modern Naples. Fashioning the Certosa di San Martino, Farnham, Ashgate, 2015, 430 p.

NAPOLI Nicholas J., The Ethics of Ornament in Early Modern Naples. Fashioning the Certosa di San Martino, Farnham, Ashgate, 2015, 430 p.

Présentation de l’éditeur :

The Carthusian monks at San Martino began a series of decorative campaigns in the 1580s that continued until 1757, transforming the church of their monastery, the Certosa di San Martino, into a jewel of marble revetment, painting, and sculpture. The aesthetics of the church generate a jarring moral conflict: few religious orders honored the ideals of poverty and simplicity so ardently yet decorated so sumptuously. In this study, Nick Napoli explores the terms of this conflict and of how it sought resolution amidst the social and economic realities and the political and religious culture of early modern Naples.

Napoli mines the documentary record of the decorative campaigns at San Martino, revealing the rich testimony it provides relating to both the monks’ and the artists’ expectations of how practice and payment should transpire. From these documents, the author delivers insight into the ethical and economic foundations of artistic practice in early modern Naples.

The first English-language study of a key monument in Naples and the first to situate the complex within the cultural history of the city, The Ethics of Ornament in Early Modern Naples sheds new light on the Neapolitan baroque, industries of art in the age before capitalism, and the relation of art, architecture, and ornament.

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