Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 2531
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Dunlop , Anne.
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  • Title: Masculinity, Crusading, and Devotion: Francesco Casali's Fresco in the Trecento Perugian "Contado"
  • Source: Speculum 76, 2 (April 2001): Pages 315 - 336.
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  • Article Type: Journal Article
  • Subject (See Also): Art History- Painting Casali, Francesco di Bartolomeo de', Ruler of Cortona Donor Portraits Knights Masculinity Perugian Crusade Pian di Carpine (Subsequently Magione), Perugia, Italy- Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie- Fresco of Madonna and Child with A
  • Geographic Area: Italy
  • Century: 14
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  • Illustrations: Six figures. Figure One "Madonna and Child with Angels, Eve, and Francesco Casali," fresco, 1371 (Magione, Italy, Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie). Figure Two Upper half of the fresco, showing the Madonna and Child with angels. Figure Three Bottom left of the fresco, showing Eve, the serpent, and the beginning of the vernacular inscription: A.D. MCCCLXXI QVESTA VOPE[R]A FECE... Figure Four Bottom right of the fresco, showing Eve and the conclusion of the inscription: FARE M. FRANCESCO SIGNIO[R]E GENERALE D[I] CORTONA. Figure Five Detail of the right side of the fresco, showing Francesco Casalli at the Madonna's knee. Figure Six Michele di Tommaso da Siena, "Casali Chalice," silver- and copper-gilt with enamels, 1372-1373 (Cortona, Museo Diocesano).
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  • Abstract: This paper centers on a 1371 fresco in the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Magione near Perugia, in order to examine a particular construction of late-medieval lay masculinity. The painting shows the Virgin and Child with a figure of Eve lying at their feet and a kneeling knight at Mary's knee, here identified as Francesco Casali, ruler of the neighbouring state of Cortona, a typical minor Italian nobleman. It is argued the Magione image participated in a much larger linking of warfare, chivalry, and Christian piety, the fundamental social and gender model for Casali and his late-medieval peers. [Abstract submitted by the author to the Medieval Feminist Index.]
  • Author's Affiliation: Concordia University
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  • Year of Publication: 2001.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 00387134
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