Re: Anghiari Deck debate
Posted: 10 Dec 2014, 13:45
Thanks for the link, I didn't know her page.Phaeded wrote: Since her primary interests seem to be Florentine civic processions and religious dramas (rappresentazioni), it would be interesting to get her musings on the possible relationship between Anghiari victory celebrations and the St. John procession that took place a week or so before the battle.
Link to her personal webpage with translations of contemporary descriptions of St. John processions in the first half of the 15th century: http://www-personal.usyd.edu.au/~nnew41 ... rence.html
Of special relevance is the fact that cities and towns under the control of Florence had to participate in the St. John’s procession – specifically likened to a ‘triumph’ by contemporaries - and provide a tribute tax in the form of expensive brocade delivered up to the baptistery. One of these tributary cities was none other than the count of Poppi who had sided with Visconti’s forces and lost Poppi for good to Florence. It was the most tangible of the spoils accruing to Florence following the victory of Anghiari (again, Florence later had to later buy San Sepolcro from the Pope). I don’t know how the Florentines could not link the recent procession (St.John must have been prayed to in order to guarantee their victory) which normally featured Poppi, naturally absent in 1440 as in the field with the enemy Piccinino, and the victory that delivered Poppi into their hands.
So the question for Prof. Newbiggin: could the Florentines conceivably have “recycled” triumphal carts and other elements from the St. John’s procession into a victory triumph for Anghiari, and if so, how likely was that? Machiavelli only mentions the victors received back in Florence with “triumphal pomp.”
Some portions of G. Dati’s description, from Newbiggin’s translation, of the St. John’s procession of 1410:http://www-personal.usyd.edu.au/~nnew41 ... ovanni.pdfTwo months in advance, they begin to make the pallium and the clothes for the servants and the
pennants and the pennants for the trumpets; and the brocade pallia that the Communes tributary cities pay as tax ….On the morning of the feast day of St John, if you go to look at the Piazza de’ Signori, it looks like a marvelous and magnificent triumph…Close by, around the ringhiera of the Palazzo Vecchio, there are a hundred processional banners or more, on their poles, fastened with iron rings: and the first are those of the major cities that pay tribute to the Commune, such as Pisa, Arezzo, Pistoia, Volterra, Cortona, Lucignano, Castiglione Aretino,and the lords of Poppi and Piombino, who are subject to the Commune...
Well, she's collecting forms of "triumphal habits", similar to us. I found in one of the presented plays (rappresentazione) a gambling scene (with dice) ...
beside your link to a San Giovanni festivity I found another ...
http://www-personal.usyd.edu.au/~nnew41 ... em1407.pdf
The Representation of a Miracle of the Body of Christ
http://www-personal.usyd.edu.au/~nnew41 ... hristi.pdf
The plot serves the 'Jews persecution. It seems related to these pictures of Paolo Uccello. The gambling scene is not presented.
http://www.wga.hu/frames-e.html?/html/u ... index.html
The jew and his family is burned.
Production 1465-69, Urbino. It's the time, when the Monte di pieta (the Franciscan bank system) was started.
Montefeltro (Urbino) participated in leading role at the fights around Volterra (1472), where Jews suffered and Montefeltro made large wins.
This victory involved likely further Jews persecutions.
Another description of a Giovanni festivity between 1451 and 1454:
http://www-personal.usyd.edu.au/~nnew41 ... _Porto.pdf
"edificii" are described, but not very much ... this one seems to address the 3 holy kings:
Well, and here the description of something, which I long have searched for, the 22 edificii in St Giovanni festivity in 1454Then came three kings on horses, richly adorned with great
retinues, and the queens, all adorned in the latest fashions, and behind them came an edificio on
which there were three dead kings and a hermit who was in a cell; and those dead kings talked to the
living ones and they were converted, and it was a beautiful thing.
http://www-personal.usyd.edu.au/~nnew41 ... on1454.pdf
Well, it has nothing to do with the Tarot sequence, I think.
In the show Nr. 11 appears a Madman, but it seems that he had nothing to do with the festivity, but was out of order and not part of the show. He attacked emperor Octavian (who was part of the show) and he was a strong German and they had difficulties to get him under control. First it was thought, that he belonged to the show.
Show Nr. 12 and 13 related to the 3 Magi.
Show 20 A cavalcade of Three Kings and Queens related to the quick and dead (?)
Show 21 related to the quick and the dead (?)
Show 22 to Last Jugdment with heaven and hell.
Well, one should study this. Please look at the text at the given location.
Thanks, Phaeded, that's a greater progress.
Links often don't work on Newbigin's page, but one finds not working links often with google.
Newgigin parts her collection in 5 larger groups
http://www-personal.usyd.edu.au/~nnew41 ... /Home.html•the drama of fourteenth-century Umbria
•the spectacle and drama of fifteenth-century Florence
•the Confraternity of the Gonfalone in Renaissance Rome
•the comedy of sixteenth-century Florence
•the comedy of sixteenth-century Siena
From this the second point might mainly meet our interests.