This article focuses on the development of portrait busts of saints beginning in the early Renaissance. The category of the portrait bust, which emerged slightly before 1440, is characterized by its reference to—and at times even integration of—the death mask of the recently deceased saint. As such, these images must be seen in close relation to traditional head and bust reliquaries. The particular group of busts showing the features of the Florentine archbishop Antonino Pierozzi is here analyzed through hitherto obscure written sources, and the proliferation of Pierozzi’s bust is then related to that of other saints.
A Case of Corporate Identity: The Multiplied Face of Saint Antonino of Florence
Urte Krass works as Assistant Professor at the Institute for Art History of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich. Her research focuses on saints’ images from icon to photography, on early artistic theory in the Italian novelle of the fourteenth century, and, more recently, on the political use of images in Portugal and its overseas empire in the early modern period.
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Urte Krass; A Case of Corporate Identity: The Multiplied Face of Saint Antonino of Florence. Representations 1 August 2015; 131 (1): 1–21. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/rep.2015.131.1.1
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