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    '"I, Porrina": a hyper-realistic portrait in the Collegiata of Casole d’Elsa'

    Jacobus, Laura (2018) '"I, Porrina": a hyper-realistic portrait in the Collegiata of Casole d’Elsa'. In: Flora, H. and Wilkins, S. (eds.) Trecento Forum I: Proceedings of the Andrew Ladis Memorial Conference in New Orleans. New York, U.S. and Turnhout, The Netherlands: Brepols. ISBN 9782503581958.

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    This article considers some outstanding questions surrounding a compelling statue in the Collegiata of Casole d’Elsa, which has only recently been identified as representing the local lord Porrina degli Albertini. The statue has clear similarities with a statue of Enrico Scrovegni in Padua; both are freestanding portrait statues of laymen in niches accompanied by inscriptions; both are executed in hyper-realistic styles; and both are apparently without precedent. What is their connection? Where was the statue of Porrina originally placed, and what was its purpose? When was it made and why was it moved? Did Porrina actually look like his statue, and how does his image fit into a history of portraiture? The article proposes that the answers to these questions lie in the neighbouring Albertini family chapel, and in closer analysis of Porrina’s image and the inscription which accompanied it.


    Item Type: Book Section
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Portraiture, medieval art, medieval sculpture
    School: School of Arts > History of Art
    Depositing User: Laura Jacobus
    Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2019 13:00
    Last Modified: 16 Jun 2021 12:59


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