The Late Trecento in Santa Croce in Gerusalemme: Nicola and Napoleone Orsini, the Carthusians, and the Triptych of St. Gregory

Corinna Tania Gallori

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Abstract

In the late Trecento, after a long period of disregard, the Roman basilica of Santa Croce in Gersualemme attracted the attention of Napoleone and Nicola Orsini, who financed the creation of a Carthusian monastery. This article will focus on the Orsini's patronage, its motivations and long-term results. The project of building a certosa in Rome was part of a series of charterhouses that were patronized by members of the Angevin court of Naples - as both Napoleone and Nicola were. After outlining the documentary evidence for the building enterprise up to circa 1400, are considered, particularly the so-called triptych of Saint Gregory, which, thanks to a new interpretation of the arms on the frame of its central Man of Sorrows icon, can now be established to have been donated by Nicola Orsini. The issue of why these object were chosen to be presented to Santa Croce and how they impacted on the liturgical life of the basilica in the following centuries is addressed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)156-187
Number of pages32
JournalMITTEILUNGEN DES KUNSTHISTORISCHEN INSTITUTES IN FLORENZ
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Keywords

  • Carthusian Order
  • Certosini
  • Imago pietatis
  • Man of Sorrows
  • Napoleone Orsini, conte di Manoppello
  • Napoleone Orsini, count of Manoppello
  • Nicola Orsini, conte di Nola
  • Nicola Orsini, count of Nola
  • Santa Croce in Gerusalemme
  • Triptych of St. Gregory
  • Trittico di san Gregorio

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'The Late Trecento in Santa Croce in Gerusalemme: Nicola and Napoleone Orsini, the Carthusians, and the Triptych of St. Gregory'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this