Images for the bride: the Chastelaine de Vergi fresco cycle in the Palazzo Davanzati in Florence

dc.contributorJones, Tanja
dc.contributorMaurer, Maria F.
dc.contributor.advisorNancarrow, Mindy
dc.contributor.authorBenefield, Mary Kathryn
dc.contributor.otherUniversity of Alabama Tuscaloosa
dc.descriptionElectronic Thesis or Dissertationen_US
dc.description.abstractThis thesis addresses The Chastelaine de Vergi fresco cycle in the Palazzo Davanzati, and how it communicated proper marital behavior expected of a fourteenth-century aristocratic Florentine newlywed bride and wife. In this case, the fresco was commissioned by Tomasso Davizzi upon the event of marriage to the intended viewer, Catalena degli Alberti. By placing the fresco cycle within contemporary Italian Renaissance marital imagery, one can see how the images were meant to display the virtues of chastity, loyalty, and obedience. The story does not provide a strong positive role model for the intended viewer, the bride. The Chastelaine is not married, and she is involved in a secret love affair. However, she is better guided than the Duchess. Therefore, the artist had to utilize contrapposto, or to situate opposites, in order to shape counter-role models for the bride. The Chastelaine was situated as a positive role model and the Duchess as a negative role model in order to communicate the three virtues of chastity, loyalty, and obedience. The result was a fresco cycle that clearly communicated proper marital behavior for the fourteenth-century Florentine aristocratic bride.en_US
dc.format.extent76 p.
dc.publisherUniversity of Alabama Libraries
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dc.relation.ispartofThe University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
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dc.subjectArt history
dc.subjectArt criticism
dc.titleImages for the bride: the Chastelaine de Vergi fresco cycle in the Palazzo Davanzati in Florenceen_US
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