Titian and the Altarpiece in Renaissance Venice by Patricia MeilmanTitian and the Altarpiece in Renaissance Venice by Patricia Meilman

Titian and the Altarpiece in Renaissance Venice

byPatricia Meilman

Hardcover | April 15, 1999

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This study examines the development of the altarpiece in sixteenth-century Venice. Focusing closely on Titian's St. Peter Martyr Altarpiece, which was the most famous work by this painter, destroyed in 1867, Patricia Meilman considers how this painting irrevocably changed the course of altar decoration. Demonstrating the legacy of the St. Peter Martyr Altarpiece with a younger generation of painters, she also examines the social, religious and historical events of the decades just before the Tridentine reforms and their impact on devotional imagery and practices.
Title:Titian and the Altarpiece in Renaissance VeniceFormat:HardcoverDimensions:284 pages, 9.96 × 6.97 × 0.94 inPublished:April 15, 1999Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521640954

ISBN - 13:9780521640954


Table of Contents

Part I. The Environment: 1. Venetian altarpieces of saints; 2. The martyrdom altarpiece: history and significance; 3. The stimulus for innovation: the menace to faith; Part II. Titian's St Peter Martyr Altarpiece: 4. St Peter Martyr and Venice: his life and cult; 5. The St Peter Martyr Altarpiece comes into being: the particulars; 6. Titian at work: responding to the challenge; Part III. Modifications: 7. Titian's achievement: the fabrication of reality; 8. Natura si vinta dall'arte: the St Peter Martyr Altarpiece as sign for the Venetian aesthetic; 9. The St Peter Martyr Altarpiece interpreted: subsequent altar painting in Venice; Excursus: the drawings connected with the St Peter Martyr Altarpiece; Bibliography; Appendices; Significant painted copies; Illustrations.

From Our Editors

Titian revolutionized the art of altar decoration with his St. Peter Martyr Altarpiece. Despite the work’s destruction in 1867, it continues to influence successive generations of painters. In Titian and the Altarpiece in Renaissance Venice, Patricia Meilman explores social, religious and historical events that took place decades before the Tridentine reforms to determine how subsequent changes affected devotional works.

Editorial Reviews

"Patricia Meilman's book, Titian and the Altarpiece in Renaissance Venice is a monograph on this appalling loss from the corpus of European painting. As one might expect from a revised dissertation, the apparatus occupies almost half the book's 260 pages and offers material not available elsewhere." - The Catholic Historical Review William Hood, Oberlin College