A Christian romance: The frescoes of San Galgano at Montesiepi
UNSPECIFIED (1999) A Christian romance: The frescoes of San Galgano at Montesiepi. In: XXIXth International Congress of the History of Art, AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS, SEP 01-07, 1996. Published in: MEMORY AND OBLIVION pp. 643-651.Full text not available from this repository.
The Abbey of San Galgano near Siena was once the most important Cistercian community in Central Italy, built around the shrine of the twelfth-century saint's miraculous conversion. Medieval pilgrims knew this and came to honour Galgano's memory, but modern visitors have forgotten his cult: acolytes of the Trecento painter Ambrogio Lorenzetti, they come instead to see the fresco cycle attributed to him in Galgano's rotunda shrine. Yet these images were created by and for the Cistercian community, a living monument to Galgano's holy life, and the sacred locus of his continuing cult and power. By inscribing the particular histories of the community and its founder within larger narratives of sin, penance, and redemption, these frescoes worked within the Christian romance of Montesiepi: a heroic cycle of personal transformation, where every monk or pilgrim, including the patron Ristoro da Selvatella, might renew a quest for God in Galgano's footsteps.
|Item Type:||Conference Item (UNSPECIFIED)|
|Subjects:||N Fine Arts|
|Journal or Publication Title:||MEMORY AND OBLIVION|
|Editor:||Reinink, W and Stumpel, J|
|Number of Pages:||9|
|Page Range:||pp. 643-651|
|Title of Event:||XXIXth International Congress of the History of Art|
|Location of Event:||AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS|
|Date(s) of Event:||SEP 01-07, 1996|
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