From Giotto to Botticelli: The Artistic Patronage of the Humiliati in Florence by Julia I. Miller

From Giotto to Botticelli: The Artistic Patronage of the Humiliati in Florence

byJulia I. Miller, Laurie Taylor-Mitchell

Hardcover | August 13, 2015

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In From Giotto to Botticelli, Julia Miller and Laurie Taylor-Mitchell explore the three-hundred-year rise and fall of the Humiliati (“Humbled Ones”), a religious order infamous for its attempt to assassinate Saint Carlo Borromeo and ultimately suppressed, by papal bull, in 1571. This book focuses on the order’s artistic patronage and considers the major works by artists such as Giotto, Donatello, Botticelli, and Ghirlandaio that the Humiliati commissioned for the Church of the Ognissanti in Florence. Miller and Taylor-Mitchell reveal how the Humiliati promoted their public image through the visual arts and examine the themes and ideas in these works. The Humiliati have received remarkably little scholarly attention to date, in part because of their suppression and eradication by the Church. This is one of the first comprehensive historical studies of this important religious order and the central role the Humiliati played in the history of Italian art. From Giotto to Botticelli will appeal not only to art historians but also to scholars of history, religion, and cultural studies, as well as to members of the general public.

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Julia I. Miller is Professor of Art History at the California State University, Long Beach.Laurie Taylor-Mitchell was Associate Professor of Art History at Hood College. She is currently an engaged activist for public education in Baltimore County. Julia I. Miller is Professor of Art History at the California State University, Long Bea...
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Title:From Giotto to Botticelli: The Artistic Patronage of the Humiliati in FlorenceFormat:HardcoverDimensions:264 pages, 10.35 × 9.35 × 1.08 inPublished:August 13, 2015Publisher:Penn State University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0271065036

ISBN - 13:9780271065038

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Table of Contents

Contents

List of Illustrations

Acknowledgments

Introduction

1. The Origins of the Humiliati and Their Early History in Florence

2. The Beginnings of Humiliati Art in Florence: Giotto and His Shop at Ognissanti

3. Giovanni da Milano’s Ognissanti Polyptych and Humiliati Art in the Later Trecento

4. The Early Quattrocento at Ognissanti: Donatello and the Cult of Saint Rossore

5. Ghirlandaio and Botticelli in Ognissanti

6. Decline and Disgrace

Epilogue: A Damnatio Memoriae: The Afterlife of the Humiliati

Appendix: Humiliati Churches by City and Dedication

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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“Lucidly written, logically organized, and handsomely illustrated, From Giotto to Botticelli narrates the founding, rise, and fall of the Humiliati order, specifically exploring the visual strategies used to promote a corporate identity particular to this reformed monastic congregation. Miller and Taylor-Mitchell broaden our understanding of Italian devotional life by going beyond Franciscan and Dominican spirituality, and their book is a welcome complement to recent studies on the Augustinians, Benedictines, Camaldolese, and Carmelites.”—Anne Leader, Renaissance Quarterly