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A Companion to the Renaissance in Southern Italy (1350-1600) introduces for the first time readers unfamiliar with Southern Italy to different aspects of the history and culture of this vast and significant area of Europe situated at the center of the Mediterranean during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.

Commonly regarded as a backward, rural region untouched by Italian Renaissance, this book presents both a general survey of the most recent research on the centers of southern Italy, and insights into the ground-breaking debates on wider themes, such as the definition of the city, continuity and discontinuity at the turn of the sixteenth century, and the effects of dynastic changes from the Angevin and Aragonese Kingdom to the Spanish Viceroyalty.

Contributors include Giancarlo Abbamonte, David Abulafia, Francesco Caglioti, Guido Cappelli, Bianca De Divitiis, Chiara De Caprio, Fulvio Delle Donne, Teresa D’Urso, Dinko Fabris, Guido Giglioni, Antonietta Iacono, Fulvio Lenzo, Lorenzo Miletti, Francesco Montuori, Pasquale Palmieri, Eleni Sekallariou, Francesco Senatore, Francesco Storti, Pierluigi Terenzi, Carlo Vecce, Giuliana Vitale, and Andrea Zezza.
In: Ambrogio Leone's De Nola, Venice 1514

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This essay focuses on the legacy of Medieval art and culture, especially Romanesque, in southern Italy between the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Relying on a wider concept of antiquity, both written documents from the early Middle Ages and the imposing monuments erected during the Lombard, Norman, Swabian and Angevin periods were regarded as living testaments of an ancient glory rooted in antiquity and to which patrons during Aragonese and vice-royal rules claimed an uninterrupted continuity. Cases of Pirro del Balzo in Venosa (Basilicata) or Bartolomeo III de Capua in Riccia (Molise) show Middle Ages played a key role in the Renaissance culture of this area, influencing the development of the new local all’antica style of building, to the point that the idea of continuity with the past became an intrinsic and vital element to enhance the personal magnificence of local lords and medieval monuments provided early examples of the reuse and re-conception of ancient models, both in terms of elaboration of motifs or as direct use of material remains. Particular attention is dedicated to the memory of the Frederick II the sixteenth centuries: the reference to the Swabian Kingdom enhanced the imperial character of the new vice-royal rulership and at the same time became an element of local civic pride for Apulian cities such as Foggia, Andria and Altamura.

In: Romanesque Renaissance
In: Ambrogio Leone's De Nola, Venice 1514