Giovanni da Rimini

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Scenes from the Lives of the Virgin and Other Saints

Anna Koopstra

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This monograph celebrates the National Gallery’s 2015 acquisition of Giovanni da Rimini’s Scenes from the Lives of the Virgin and Other Saints (c. 1300­–1305). The painting is a rare survival from the late Middle Ages, uniting the exquisite detail of late Byzantine icons with the new, more naturalistic and expressive style exemplified by the Florentine painter Giotto. Probably created for private contemplation and worship, the painting may be the left wing of a diptych, a theory that is examined here in relation to its assumed companion panel Scenes from the Life of Christ (from the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica, Palazzo Barberini, Rome). Significant new research explains its iconography, its devotional function, and the historical context in which it was created, while fresh technical analysis brings a greater understanding of the making and purpose of the panels and how they were originally displayed. 
 

Anna Koopstra is the Simon Sainsbury Curatorial Assistant of Paintings before 1500 at the National Gallery, London. She is also the Associate Caroline Villers Research Fellow for 2016–17 at the Courtauld Institute of Art.


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National Gallery, London
(06/14/17–10/08/17)

“This unusual distribution of saints’ life scenes makes this medieval panel quite original, and worthy of a deep study like this one. With a careful examination of space composition and colors, Koopstra brilliantly explains the meaning of the work and suggests connections that might tie together the otherwise disconnected scenes.”—Patrizia Granziera, Reading Religion
ISBN: 9781857096224
Publication Date: October 24, 2017
Publishing Partner: Published by National Gallery Company/Distributed by Yale University Press
64 pages, 8 1/4 x 10 1/2
35 color + 2 b/w illus.
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