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The Renaissance Antichrist : Luca Signorelli's Orvieto Frescoes

By: Riess, Jonathan B.

0691040869 / 9780691040868
Out of print
United States
178 x 254 mm, 914 grams 248 pages, color frontis. 60 halftones 3 line drawings
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A major monument, Luca Signorelli's Orvieto Cathedral frescoes rendered with vigour and invective the most ambitious consideration of the Apocalypse and the Last Judgement in Italian Renaissance art.

In a fresh interpretation of these frescoes, Jonathan Riess explores the intriguing, violent style and complex iconography and places the works in their richly faceted historical setting.

Begun by Fra Angelico in 1447 and completed by Signorelli at the turn of the century, the frescoes reflect the turmoil within the Papal States, the suffering brought on by a surge of natural disasters, the fear of the Turks, and the anti-Judaic campaigns of the day.

The book centres on the mural depicting the Rule of Antichrist, the single monumental portrayal of the subject during the Renaissance and a revealing indicator of widespread apocalyptic obsessions.

Drawing on historical, theological, literary, and artistic sources, Riess examines the reasons behind the commissioning of the murals and considers the broad meaning of the programme.

The Rule of Antichrist, for example, is seen as a summa of the doom-laden worlds of Rome and Orvieto and as a blistering condemnation of the political realm. Signo


1DST Italy, ACND Renaissance art, AFC Painting & paintings, AGB Individual artists, art monographs, AGR Religious subjects depicted in art

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