The Medici judge, a bitter lawsuit, and an embezzlement: the Opera del Sacro Cingolo's bronze chapel screen at Santo Stefano, Prato

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TitleThe Medici judge, a bitter lawsuit, and an embezzlement: the Opera del Sacro Cingolo's bronze chapel screen at Santo Stefano, Prato Author(S)Mayu Fujikawa (Author)
Abstract  The chapel screen around the Cappella del Sacro Cingolo in Santo Stefano, Prato, was an important artistic project, since such a monumental bronze work necessitated a great quantity of costly material, not to mention the extensive amount of labour required for its casting. Maso di Bartolomero and other artists who worked on the screen are quite rightly credited for their artistic achievements, but in this paper, the Opera del Sacro Cingolo's crucial behind-the-scenes contributions are shown to be of equal significance. The Opera consisted of Pratese citizens who were dedicated to the embellishment of their chapel, which preserved the relic of the Virgin's girdle. The organization engaged the Medici as a judge for the finished product, was assiduously occupied in a court battle, procured bronze, which was not very easy during the Renaissance, and assisted the artists with their financial problems, among many other duties ...Paginationp 612-632
SubjectEurope -- HistoryDescriptorsRenaissance
Journal TitleRenaissance studies: Journal of the Society for Renaissance Studies   
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