Stephen N. Fliegel

Stephen N. Fliegel, contributing writer, Curator of Medieval Art, The Cleveland Museum of Art

Portrait of a Youth as Saint Sebastian

October 2017
A portrait is customarily defined as a representation of a specific individual, such as the artist might meet in life. A portrait does not merely record someone’s features but says something about who he or she is, offering a vivid sense of a real...


A Reliquary Bust from Siena

October 2017
Il possesso e la venerazione di antiche reliquie erano di fondamentale importanza al tempo del Medio Evo.  Questi oggetti erano venerati come un legame tra il m ondo naturale e sovrannaturale. Alcune reliquie erano associate con il Cristo e la...


Elegance Achieved: The Italian Rapier

October 2017
The word “rapier” refers to a sword with a long, narrow blade intended primarily for thrusting maneuvers and generally with some degree of hand protection formed by an elaborate hilt. Such swords were popular civilian weapons in the 16th and 17th...


The Power of Venice

October 2017
In the Armor Court of the Cleveland Museum of Art may be seen an impressive portrait of Agostino Barbarigo (1516-1571), a member of a patrician family that helped rule Venice in the 15th and 16th centuries. Two of Agostino’s ancestors had...


Textiles in Renaissance Painting

October 2017
Textiles were an important and expensive commodity in most affluent homes in Renaissance Italy. An inventory made in 1600 of the Florentine noblewoman, Camilla Magalotti, following the death of her husband, reveals no less than 929 braccia (1,771...


Jacopo Sansovino, Renaissance Sculptor and Architect

October 2017
Jacopo d’Antonio Sansovino (1486-1570) was a master sculptor and architect traditionally credited with introducing the style of the High Renaissance into Venice. He is best known for his works in and around the Piazza San Marco in that city....


Italian Illuminators in Paris

October 2017
Il “Libro delle Ore” comprende la raccolta delle ore liturgiche per i diversi periodi dell’anno e consiste nel canto di salmi, cantici e inni, con l’aggiunta di preghiere e letture dalla Sacra Scrittura. Per secoli, in...


Nuptial Gifts in Renaissance Italy

October 2017
ll matrimonio nel Rinascimento non era un fatto privato o una libera scelta basata sul reciproco affetto tra due giovani. Al contrario, esso rappresentava spesso un ‘contratto’ stipulato tra famiglie di alto rango che non teneva conto...


The Perugian Renaissance

October 2017
Pietro Vannucci, meglio noto come il “Perugino”, fu un pittore italiano del XV secolo, che i contemporanei considerarono come il più importante tra i protagonisti del rinnovamento dell’arte italiana nel culmine del...


A Liturgical Pax from Renaissance Florence

October 2017
The spread of the Franciscan and Dominican orders throughout Italy beginning in the 1200s resulted in the construction of many new churches in urban centers. Each of these churches had essential requirements for the celebration of the Mass and the...


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