Fulvio Cervini

Nè scultura nè pittura. Un esperimento «arnolfiano» di decorazione architettonica

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  • The cusps of the main apse
  • transepts and aisles into the church of Santa Croce in Florence have large panels in the shape of lunettes
  • trefoils
  • quatrefoils
  • triptychs and crosses
  • which once were perhaps coloured. The most interesting is the last one
  • which specifically evokes the Tuscan wooden and painted crosses
  • but at the same time is based on a tradition of architectural crossshaped ornaments in different materials and painted
  • like in the church of San Francesco in Bononia. Franciscan brick and marble crosses in Florence and Emilia derived in fact from models in Venice and Ravenna
  • and are similar to a monumental cross in the Cistercian Abbey of Staffarda in Piedmont. Arnolfo draws on this tradition to reformulate its architectural language and propose a quasi-experimental model of decoration both painted and carved


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