Parution : Anabel Thomas, “The Art and Government Service of Francesco di Bartolomeo Alfei : Visual Propaganda and Undercover Agency for the Republic of Siena”, Amsterdam, Amsterdam University Press, 2023

In 1454 the Sienese painter Francesco di Bartolomeo Alfei faced litigation from the Mercanzia in Siena for defaulting on a contract from one of the leading Franciscan confraternities in the city. Two fellow Sienese artists, Giovanni di Paolo and Sano di Pietro, had recently completed a new altarpiece for the same entity. Anabel Thomas considers how the two commissions were linked and questions why Francesco di Bartolomeo Alfei’s brief to fresco the confraternity chapel remained unfinished.
In a wide ranging analysis of mainly unpublished records, focussing on the artist’s association with key members of Sienese society, fellow artisans and government officials, Thomas concludes that Francesco di Bartolomeo Alfei might have honoured his contract had he not become immersed in the military strategy, diplomacy and visual propaganda of the Republic of Siena.


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Fiammetta Campagnoli (2023, 27 septembre). Parution : Anabel Thomas, “The Art and Government Service of Francesco di Bartolomeo Alfei : Visual Propaganda and Undercover Agency for the Republic of Siena”, Amsterdam, Amsterdam University Press, 2023. Centre d'Histoire de l'Art de la Renaissance. Consulté le 18 avril 2024, à l’adresse https://doi.org/10.58079/mpai

Fiammetta Campagnoli

Fiammetta Campagnoli est doctorante en histoire de l'art moderne à l'Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. Ses recherches se concentrent sur la perception et sur la réception de la spatialité de l’image mariale au XVe et au XVIe siècle.

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