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  • Record Number: 14054
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Smith , Janet G.
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  • Title: Santa Umiltà of Faenza: Her Florentine Convent and Its Art [in the early 16th century the Florentines destroyed the monastery of San Giovanni Evangelista, outside the walls, to improve the city's defenses; this house had been founded by the Vallombrosan nun Umiltà of Faenza; much of its surviving art depicts Umiltà with a weasel, the enemy of the serpent, symbol of evil; this animal was displaced in later art by a book, and that too vanished in Counter-Reformation depictions of Umiltà, in which she becomes a generic saint without distinguishing symbols].
  • Source: Visions of Holiness: Art and Devotion in Renaissance Italy.  Edited by Andrew Ladis and Shelley E. Zuraw.  Georgia Museum of Art, University of Georgia, 2001.  Pages 37 - 65.
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  • Article Type: Essay
  • Subject (See Also): Art History- Painting Art History- Sculpture Florence Florence- Monastery of San Giovanni Evangelista Lorenzetti, Pietro, Painter Monasticism Umilta of Faenza, Mystic and Saint in Art Vallombrosan Order Weasels in Art
  • Geographic Area: Italy
  • Century: 15- 16
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  • Illustrations: Nine figures. Figure One Detail of the "Catena Map" showing the convent of San Giovanni Evangelista. Figure Two Attributed to the Magdalene Master, "Saint John the Evangelist" (Florence, Accademia). Figure Three Attributed to the Magdalene Master, "Saint James the Greater" (Florence, Accademia, ~~). Figure Four Pietro Lorenzetti, "Beata Umiltà Altarpiece" (Florence, Uffizi). Figure Five "Beata Umiltà Altarpiece" - Detail (Florence, Uffizi). Figure Six Copy of a drawing of the "Beata Umiltà Altarpiece," in its original format, published by Montgomery Carmichael in "Ecclesiastical Review," October 1913. Figure Seven Attributed to Andrea Orcagna, marble statue of Santa Umiltà, (Florence, Church of San Michele a San Salvi). Figure Eight Engraving of Beata Umiltà, designed by A. Puglieschi in 1704 for the frontispiece of the book "Vita e miracoli di S. Umiltà" (Florence, 1722). Figure Nine Giuseppe Zauli, Engraving of Beata Umiltà 1795.
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  • Year of Publication: 2001.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 0915977400
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