"Terribile Disegno" and "Eroico Componimento" : Mattia Preti's Artistic Practices and their Reception in Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Italy

dc.contributor.authorTherien, Devinen
dc.contributor.departmentArt Historyen
dc.contributor.supervisorSchütze, Sebastianen
dc.date2012-04-29 18:26:13.056
dc.date.accessioned2012-04-30T21:05:26Z
dc.date.available2012-04-30T21:05:26Z
dc.date.issued2012-04-30
dc.degree.grantorQueen's University at Kingstonen
dc.descriptionThesis (Ph.D, Art History) -- Queen's University, 2012-04-29 18:26:13.056en
dc.description.abstractThe following study examines the artistic strategies of the Italian Baroque painter Mattia Preti (1613-99) in conjunction with their early reception in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Italy. In addition to studying the first descriptions of the painter's art and his early biographers' characterization of his style, Bernardo De Dominici's comprehensive "Vita del Cavalier Fra' Mattia Preti" is analyzed in order to establish Preti's place in the history of Neapolitan Baroque painting. In so doing, descriptions of the painter's art are compared and contrasted with those of his contemporaries. Following the investigation of the early sources and biographies, the painter's strategies are studied through selected paintings executed between circa 1650 and 1680. These include such works as the Aquila 'Martyrdom of St. Bartholomew', the London 'Wedding at Cana', the Naples 'Feast of Absalom', and the Siena 'Canonization of St. Catherine'. The case studies highlight a number of practices the artist used to distinguish himself from his peers. In sum, this study argues that the early biographical accounts, while only partially conveying the breadth of the painter's art, function as a point of departure for accessing and comprehensively examining his representational strategies. Ultimately, this dissertation demonstrates that Preti was an artist who actively and continuously experimented with a range of pictorial possibilities.en
dc.description.degreePhDen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1974/7163
dc.language.isoengen
dc.relation.ispartofseriesCanadian thesesen
dc.rightsThis publication is made available by the authority of the copyright owner solely for the purpose of private study and research and may not be copied or reproduced except as permitted by the copyright laws without written authority from the copyright owner.en
dc.subjectMattia Preti (1613-99)en
dc.subjectPainting, Italian, Baroqueen
dc.title"Terribile Disegno" and "Eroico Componimento" : Mattia Preti's Artistic Practices and their Reception in Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Italyen
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