Venetian istorie: re-evaluating Giovanni Mansueti's narrative painting (1500-30's)

Matino, Gabriele (2014) Venetian istorie: re-evaluating Giovanni Mansueti's narrative painting (1500-30's). PhD thesis, University of Nottingham.

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This thesis challenges existing studies on Giovanni Mansueti (active 1485-1526/27) that have generally tended to undervalue his contribution to Venetian narrative painting. Rather, drawing on extensive primary research my work demonstrates how Mansueti was one of the major interpreters of the “eyewitness style”, in fact a master able to picture the unique requirements and expectations of his various patrons.

Chapter 1 analyses Mansueti’s little-known cycle in the church of San Martino, Burano (The Betrothal of the Virgin, The Adoration of the Shepherds and The Flight into Egypt, c. 1510), with reference to practices of private devotion in Renaissance Venice. I investigate the paintings by drawing on textual sources that were commonly used in private devotional practices, showing how the paintings projected an ideology built on specifically Venetian interpretations of the Apocrypha.

Chapter 2 is a contextual analysis of the Scuola Grande di San Marco. Using original archival findings, it firstly reassesses the Scuola’s art patronage system and bureaucratic procedure; then it investigates the identity of the individual Scuola’s members responsible for commissioning the St Mark Cycle originally decorating the walls of the Sala dell’Albergo.

Chapter 3 provides an analysis of Giovanni Mansueti’s three paintings for the Scuola (The Baptism of Anianus and The Healing of Anianus, 1518; Three Episodes from the Life of St. Mark, 1525) in respect to the Sala dell’Albergo narrative cycle. The study focuses on the paintings as visual projections of the Scuola’s ideological understanding of the Muslim ‛others’. It investigates the contextual motives that prompted the Scuola’s merchant brothers to represent their commercial associate as the very tormentors of St Mark.

Item Type: Thesis (University of Nottingham only) (PhD)
Supervisors: Neher, G.
Cullen, F.
Keywords: Renaissance Venice; Narrative painting; Scuola Grande di San Marco; Church of San Martino; Burano; Cittadini Originari; Giovanni Mansueti; Giovanni Bellini; Gentile Bellini; Palma il Vecchio; Paris Bordon.
Subjects: N Fine Arts > ND Painting
Faculties/Schools: UK Campuses > Faculty of Arts > School of Humanities
Item ID: 14255
Depositing User: EP, Services
Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2015 11:39
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2018 11:15

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