Koichi Toyama: L'ombra portata nella pittura senese del primo Quattrocento: il caso di Pietro di Giovanni d'Ambrogio

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Nella prima metà del Quattrocento alcuni pittori senesi (Sassetta, Giovanni di Paolo, Vecchietta, Domenico di Bartolo) sperimentarono il nuovo dispositivo dell'ombra portata - introdotta a Firenze da Masaccio e Gentile da Fabriano negli anni venti - non in modo costante ma solo in qualche episodio particolare, per esempio nelle scene notturne, per aumentare l’effetto luministico. In questa occasione esamino Pietro di Giovanni d'Ambrogio, che ha dipinto l'ombra portata nei ritratti di Bernardino da Siena prima della canonizzazione (1450), ma attribuendola solo agli oggetti (cordone, portaocchiali, libro) che erano considerati importanti come reliquie.

Koichi Toyama is Professor of Art History at Keio University, Tokyo. He studied at Keio University, Tokyo University, and Università degli studi di Firenze. He was a visiting scholar at Oxford University in 2002-03 and is currently a visiting scholar at Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz until December 2013. His primary research addresses Florentine sculpture and Sienese painting in the Fifteenth Century. The latter is represented by a paper "Light and Shadow in Sassetta" in 'Sassetta The Borgo San Sepolcro Altarpiece' published from Villa I Tatti.

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