Book Series Trecento Forum, vol. 2

New Horizons in Trecento Italian Art

Bryan Keene, Karl Whittington (eds)

  • Pages: 320 p.
  • Size:216 x 280 mm
  • Illustrations:200 col.
  • Language(s):English
  • Publication Year:2021

  • ISBN: 978-2-503-58618-2
  • Hardback
  • Available


Altogether the volume offers a rich collection of fresh research that can be mined for content and methodology by the next generation of students and scholars.” (Kathleen Giles Arthur, in, 2021.103)



Bryan C. Keene is associate curator of manuscripts at The J. Paul Getty Museum, and editor of Toward a Global Middle Ages: Encountering the World through Illuminated Manuscripts (Getty Publications, 2019) and contributing author to Florence at the Dawn of the Renaissance: Painting and Illumination, 1300-1350 (Getty Publications, 2013). Karl Whittington is associate professor of history of art at The Ohio State University, and the author of Body Worlds: Opicinus de Canistris and the Medieval Cartographic Imagination, published by the Pontifical Institute in Toronto in 2014.


The fourteenth century in Italy, the age of Giotto, Dante, and Boccaccio, widely known as the trecento, was a pivotal moment in art history and in European culture. The studies in this volume present new approaches to art in this important but often neglected period of the late Middle Ages and early Renaissance. Scholars at various stages in their careers discuss a wide range of topics including architecture, cultural exchange, materiality, politics, patronage, and devotion, contributing to a new understanding of how art was made and experienced in this nodal century. These papers were originally presented at the Andrew Ladis Trecento Conference held at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston in November of 2018.


Some Reflections — Judith Steinhoff

Introduction — Bryan C. Keene and Karl Whittington

I. Matter and Material

Stone, Paint, Flesh: Fictive Porphyry Exteriors in a Group of Multipart Panel Paintings from Angevin Naples — Sarah K. Kozlowski

The Altar as Stage: Visual and Material Conditions of the Dramatized Nativity — Patricia Simons

Jacopo, Niccolò, and Paintings in Books for Santa Maria degli Angeli — George R. Bent

II. Narrative and Response

Painted Wood Caskets for Saints in Trecento Venice — Ana Munk

The Reliquary of the Column of the Flagellation: A Case for Narrative Reliquaries — Claire Jensen

Fragmented Narrative in the Chapter House of San Francesco in Pistoia — Laura Leeker

Seeing and Sensing Compassion: Giotto’s Naturalism in the Arena Chapel and Pietro d’Abano’s Theory of Sympathetic Response — Theresa Flanigan

III. Prototypes: Local and Global

Locating the Duomo of Milan in the European Trecento — Erik Gustafson

The Ilkhanid-Italian Relationship during the Trecento:  Medieval Persian Prototypes for Brunelleschi’s Dome in Florence — Lorenzo Vigotti

IV. Art and Identity

A Tribute to Dante: The Giottesque Portrait in the Palazzo del Podestà in Florence — Sonia Chiodo

Visual Representation of Women’s Legal Duties in Medieval Siena — Elena Brizio

V. Time and Knowledge

Towards a New Reading of the Fifteenth-Century Astrological Cycle at the Palazzo della Ragione in Padua — Anna Majeski

Giotto and Time — Luca Palozzi

Diagramming Triumph in Trecento Painting: Augustine and Thomas from Page to Wall — Karl Whittington

VI. Local Sanctities

Art of an Emblematic King: Robert I of Naples as King of Jerusalem in the Fourteenth Century — Cathleen A. Fleck

The Lignum Crucis and the Veneration of the Cross in the contado of Siena: Unmasking Some Neglected Images in the Cathedral of Massa Marittima — Sandra Cardarelli

The Bodies and Blood of Christ and the Virgin at Santa Maria Novella, Florence — Amber McAlister

VII. The Trecento in the Present

Rising from the Rubble of World War II: The High Altarpiece of Impruneta — Cathleen Hoeniger

Engaging with the Trecento — Caroline Campbell

Afterword — William Underwood Eiland