Le Madonne di Terracina e di Priverno: tracce della Napoli angioina nel basso Lazio

Autore: Pierluigi Leone de Castris
In: I libri di Viella. Arte.

The Cathedral of Terracina hosts in one of its chapels a rare fourteenth-century painting on wood: rare both in the fact that it consists of a two-sided painting, a Madonna with a child enthroned on one side and a Redeemer on the other, and also for its figurative culture, not so much explicable – as proposed in the past – within a local dimension, but rather oriented towards the South, towards the court culture of the Angevin Naples.

The possibility of a close study of the painting and the comparison with the other and little studied Madonna called “di Mezzagosto” in the Cathedral of Priverno, also considered ancient and miraculous and dated in the eleventh or instead in the fifteenth century, allows to refer both to the great Neapolitan painter Roberto d’Oderisio, active for the angevin court of Roberto, Giovanna I and Carlo III of Durazzo, to date them during the third quarter of the fourteenth century and to enhance them as the most important traces of a phenomenon of artistic and cultural “neapolitanization” of a wide part of southern Latium, a territory subject for many years to the power, influence and protection of the king of Naples Roberto d’Angiò.