SITE, SEEING AND SALVATION IN FOURTEENTH-CENTURY AVIGNON
Abstract:This article explores anew the well-known frescoes by Simone Martini above the entrance to the Cathedral of Notre-Dame-des-Doms in Avignon. A new reading is facilitated in three ways: by considering the full range of possible iconographic and stylistic sources for these frescoes; by considering the content of the lost side-wall frescoes as well as the surviving frescoes; and by calling into question the methodologies and assumptions about influence and sources that have normally been brought to bear on the paintings. The whole ensemble is seen as a monument specific both to its time and its place, in which the patron, the Roman cardinal Jacopo Stefaneschi, expresses his hopes for salvation using the metaphors of vision and sight.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: University of Bristol
Publication date: February 1, 2007