The Stones of Naples: Church Building in Angevin Italy, 1266-1343

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Yale University Press, 2004 - Architecture - 270 pages
02 The rich architectural legacy of the Angevins, three generations of French kings who reigned in southern Italy from 1266 to 1343, is very little known today. This groundbreaking book examines Angevin religious architecture, bringing to light for the first time the novelty and importance of these buildings while extending current understanding of the variety of medieval architecture beyond the well-known cathedrals of France and England.Caroline Bruzelius explores the complex encounter of the French with the worlds of the Mediterranean and of Italy. Although the Angevin period has often been associated with a vigorous renewal of the Gothic style in Italy, she contends instead that the principal Angevin monuments are built of local materials, reviving traditional building techniques and aesthetic preferences. The result is an architecture of adaptation and integration rather than one of colonial importation.
The rich architectural legacy of the Angevins, three generations of French kings who reigned in southern Italy from 1266 to 1343, is very little known today. This groundbreaking book examines Angevin religious architecture, bringing to light for the first time the novelty and importance of these buildings while extending current understanding of the variety of medieval architecture beyond the well-known cathedrals of France and England.Caroline Bruzelius explores the complex encounter of the French with the worlds of the Mediterranean and of Italy. Although the Angevin period has often been associated with a vigorous renewal of the Gothic style in Italy, she contends instead that the principal Angevin monuments are built of local materials, reviving traditional building techniques and aesthetic preferences. The result is an architecture of adaptation and integration rather than one of colonial importation.
 

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Contents

Church Building during the Reign of Charles I II
11
San Lorenzo Maggiore in Naples
47
Religious Architecture during the Reign
75
Robert the Wise Sancia of Mallorca
133
The Patronage of the Court
155
Conclusion
199
Checklist of Sites
212
Bibliography
245
Index
265
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Caroline Bruzelius is the A. M. Cogan Professor of Art and Art History at Duke University.

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