Un «cielo rovente»: il fondo rosso negli affreschi figurativi lombardi del XV secolo - Chiara Valli - Vita e Pensiero - Articolo Arte Lombarda Vita e Pensiero

Un «cielo rovente»: il fondo rosso negli affreschi figurativi lombardi del XV secolo

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figurativi lombardi del XV secolo
Articolo
Rivista ARTE LOMBARDA
Fascicolo ARTE LOMBARDA - 2022 - 1
Titolo Un «cielo rovente»: il fondo rosso negli affreschi figurativi lombardi del XV secolo
The red background in the Lombard figurative frescoes of 15th century
Autore
Editore Vita e Pensiero
Formato Articolo | Pdf
Online da 09-2022
Doi 10.26350/666112_000097
Issn 0004-3443 (stampa) | 2785-1117 (digitale)
€ 6,00

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At least thirteen secular frescoes characterized by a red background, instead of a common blue one, have been preserved up to the present day in Lombardy. In this essay, alongside  the best-known examples dated around the middle of 15th century, such as the Games cycle of Palazzo borromeo in Milan or the one at the Castello di Masnago (Varese), other  frescoes from the beginning of the same century have been brought to light, which were never considered before for the background colour. these latter allow to backdate the spread  of this pattern. the long-lasting statements for the red colour used as a preparatory base for the blue background is here questioned. Instead, it is suggested that the red background  has its own role. Since these cycles must depend on a distinguished example, it is proposed to find it in the Castello visconteo of Pavia, for its prestige. Furthermore, the study offers an interpretation of the presence of the red background as the intent to imitate tapestries, especially French ones, which presence is documented in the Castle of Pavia itself.

keywords

Lombard Late Gothic secular frescoes; red background; tapestries; Castle of Pavia; Palace of Francesco di Marsilio Gonzaga, Mantua; Castle of Lardirago; Castle of Masnago; Castle of Saint-Floret.

Biografia dell'autore

ChIArA VALLI: valli.chiara03@gmail.com

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