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Visions of paradise : Botticini's Palmieri altarpiece / Jennifer Sliwka.

Sliwka, Jennifer
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Botticini's Palmieri altarpiece


This book showcases new scholarly research on the monumental Palmieri Altarpiece by Francesco Botticini (1446-1498). The painting, which depicts the Assumption of the Virgin, was made for the funerary chapel of the Florentine citizen Matteo Palmieri (1406-1475). Palmieri was a true "Renaissance Man"-an associate of the Medici and a humanist, whose career encompassed a variety of roles, as diplomat, poet, writer, and apothecary. In this book, Jennifer Sliwka uncovers new insights about the culture that produced this stunning altarpiece and the fascinating patron who commissioned it. In addition to its religious content, the altarpiece depicts a panoramic landscape that serves as a very early example of a "city portrait" of Florence; this accurate, detailed view, which includes Palmieri's villa and farm, predates several of the earliest known maps of the city. Sliwka examines what the painting reflects about Florentine society and spiritual beliefs, and sheds light on aspects of the painting-including its authorship, date, theological significance, and original location-that are frequently questioned. Exhibition: National Gallery, London, UK (4.11.2015-14.2.2016).


London : National Gallery Company Ltd., [2015]

Physical description

111 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 27 cm


"Published to accompany the exhibition Visions of Paradise, The National Gallery, London 4 November 2015-14 February 2016"


Matteo Palmieri : apothecary, humanist, statesman and patron -- Painting the cosmos : heaven and earth -- The importance of 'place' in the Palmieri Altarpiece -- (Mis)Identifying Botticini : style and attribution.

Bibliographic information

Includes bibliographical references (pages 106-108).


  • English

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