0073 Oblivion Deferred: Altichiero in the Fifteenth Century

  • John Richards (Author)
    History of Art, School of Culture and Creative Arts, University of Glasgow

    Dr John Richards is Senior Lecturer and Head of History of Art in the School of Culture & Creative Arts at the University of Glasgow, where he has taught since 1995. His teaching and research are concentrated on late medieval and early Renaissance art, with particular emphasis on the impact of Humanism on visual culture and 14th-century art in North Italy, the subject of his books on Altichiero (2000) and the iconography of the Reggia Carrraese in Padua (2007). Recent publications include studies of 14th-century tombs in England and Italy, Jean Fouquet, humanist book illustration in Verona, and the early portraits of Petrarch. He is currently preparing further publications on aspects of Petrarch's impact on Renaissance culture and a study of dress and textile representation in 14th-century Italian art.

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Altichiero was the dominant north Italian painter of the later Trecento. In Padua, in the 1370s and early 1380s, he worked for patrons close to Petrarch and his circle and perhaps in direct contact with the poet himself. By the time of the second edition of Vasari's Vite(1568) the memory of Altichiero's work had suffered significant occlusion, and Vasari's account of him is little more than an appendix to his life of Carpaccio. Only since the later nineteenth century, and particularly in the last fifty or so years, has Altichiero's reputation been restored. It is the purpose of this paper to examine aspects of that reputation throughout the century or so after the painter's death (by April 1393).


Altichiero, Historiography, Trecento, Quattrocento, Painting, Petrarch, Vasari, Padua