Processional banners and standards form a fascinating category in early modern painting. The largest group of extant Italian specimens were commissioned in the Marches (or painted by artists from that region). Some are modest artefacts, while others are the work of the greatest painters of the period, such as Gentile da Fabriano, Luca Signorelli, Perugino, Raphael and Titian. In this lecture, Victor Schmidt will discuss a number of aspects of these paintings, including typology, function, use, and the similarities and differences between the two main supports: panel and canvas.
Victor M. Schmidt is associate professor of art history at Utrecht University. His major area of expertise is late Medieval and Renaissance art, with special reference to panel painting, the typology and function of art objects, iconography and iconology, the social position of the artist, and early art theory and historiography. His publications in these areas include: ‘Italian Panel Painting of the Duecento and Trecento’ (Washington, 2002); ‘Painted Piety: Panel Paintings for Personal Devotion in Tuscany, 1250-1400’ (Florence, 2005); ‘The Altar and its Environment, 1150-1400 (Studies in the Visual Cultures of the Middle Ages, 4 – Turnhout, 2010. Edited with Justin Kroesen); and now ‘Stendardi e gonfaloni processionali dalle Marche. Tardo medioevo e Rinascimento’ (Fermignano 2020).
This webinar is co-hosted by the Department of History, Archaeology, Geography, Fine and Performing Arts (SAGAS) of the University of Florence.
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