Raffigurazioni di battaglie nell’arte meridionale del XVI secolo

Autore: Andrea Zezza
In: I libri di Viella. 126

Representations of Battles in Southern Italian Art of the 16th Century

Throughout the Renaissance, military virtues – real or boasted – of the ruling dynasty, of the viceroys, and of the barons constantly played a central role in the way of thinking, as well as in the literature, society, and art of Southern Italy. The paper provides an overview on the evolution of the representation of battles, from the well-known monumental celebrations of the war deeds of the kings of Aragon at the end of the 15th century to the birth of the 17th-century "battle scene without a hero", which Aniello Falcone and his contemporaries portrayed with an essentially decorative function.