Silvia De Luca

La cappella Velluti-Zati in Santa Croce fra giottismo e arcaismi (1321 circa)

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  • Thanks to the presence of the Zatiâ€
  • s coat of arms
  • we can assert that the frescoes of the Velluti Chapel in Santa Croce were commissioned by this family no long before 1321. In fact
  • the Zati family first detained the chapelâ€
  • s patronage. The decoration
  • was ultimated under the will of Gemma Velluti
  • as Donato Velluti says in his Cronica Domestica. The cycleâ€
  • s iconography
  • showing Saint Michaelâ€
  • s histories
  • is based on Legenda Aurea by Jacopo da Varagine and it reflects the role of the Archangel in the Apocalypse
  • such as in Cimabueâ€
  • s frescoes in San Francesco in Assisi and in the painting with Saint Michael and its histories by Coppo di Marcovaldo. This subject was widespread among the Spirituals
  • some of which most famous theorists were in Santa Croceâ€
  • s Studio at the end of thirteenth century. The frescoes can be compared with the Virgin with the Child in San Lorenzo Florence (1320-25) and they were realised by a close follower of Santa Cecilia Master


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