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  • Record Number: 3445
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Yakou , Hisashi.
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  • Title: Contemplating Angels and the "Madonna of the Apocalypse" [The author briefly discusses antecedents for the nuns' elevated choir and then turns to the church's frescoes. Yakou in particular focuses on the "Angelic Choirs" and the "Madonna of the Apocalypse" in terms both of iconography and meditative use by the Clarissan nuns. Title note supplied by Feminae.].
  • Source: The Church of Santa Maria Donna Regina: Art, Iconography, and Patronage in Fourteenth-Century Naples.  Edited by Janis Elliott and Cordelia Warr.  Ashgate, 2004.  Pages 93 - 107.
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  • Article Type: Essay
  • Subject (See Also): Architecture- Religious Art History- Painting Ecclesiastical Space Iconography Meditation Monasticism Naples, Napoli, Italy- Church of Santa Maria Donna Regina Poor Clares Order
  • Geographic Area: Italy
  • Century: 14
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  • Illustrations: Thirteen figures. Figure One (Thirty-one in book) Photograph of the view of the church interior towards the nuns' choir loft (Altenberg in Hessen, ex-Premonstratensian convent church). Figure Two (Thirty-two in book) Photograph of the view of the vaulted apse (Himmelkron in Oberfranken, ex-Cistercian convent church). Figure Three (Thirty-three in book) Photograph of the view of the vaulted "Langchor" (Seligenporten in Oberpfalz, ex-Cistercian convent church). Figure four (Thirty-four in book) View of north wall showing the "Passion" cycle and "Life of Saint Elisabeth of Thuringia-Hungary"). Figure Five (Thirty-five in book) Photograph of the view of the north wall showing a fresco of paired "Prophets and Apostles." Figure Six (Thirty-six in book) Manuscript illumination of Christ enthroned with ranks of angels and symbols of the Evangelists, circa 1330-1335 (London, British Library, Additional MS. 47672, fol. 468). Figure Seven (Thirty-seven in book) Fresco of "Angelic Choirs," detail of the "Last Judgement" cycle. The following figures are referred to in the text but are located in other sections of the book. Figure 1 Diagrams of the transverse section of the apse, ground plan after the restoration of 1928-1934, and north-east exterior (after Chierici, 1934). Figure 2 Diagrams of the reconstruction of the facade, transverse section, and longitudinal section (after Chierici, 1934). Figure 3 Schematic layout of frescoes. Figure 76 "Madonna of the Apocalypse," fresco, detail of the gable of the west wall, hidden by the coffered ceiling. Figure 78 "Angel" and "Instruments of the Passion," fresco, detail of the gable of the west wall. Plate 3 Photograph of the view of the apse from the choir (in color). Plate 11 "Angelic Choirs," fresco, on the left side of the triumphal arch (in color). Plate 12 Naples, the Church of the Santissima Annunziata, "Angelic Choirs" fresco fragment, late fourteenth century (now in the Museo Civico di Castelnuovo) (in color). Plate 13 "Saint Tomas and the Prophet Elias," fresco, detail of the "Prophets and Apostles" on the north wall (in color). Plate 23 The "Last Judgment," fresco, west wall of the choir (in color).
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  • Author's Affiliation: Hokkaido University
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  • Year of Publication: 2004.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 0754634779
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