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«GENTE DI FERRO E DI VALORE ARMATA». POSTILLE AL TEMA DEGLI UOMINI ILLUSTRI, E QUALCHE RIFLESSIONE MARGINALE SULLA PITTURA PROFANA TRA MEDIOEVO E RINASCIMENTO 
Paolo di SImone

 

ABSTRACT

The cult of the past is a very common topos not only in the humanistic Quattrocento but also in the Middle Ages, and it represents a strong propaganda tool in profane art associated with astronomical and mor- alistic allegories, frequent in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. This essay investigates some profane themes - linked with contemporary literature - in court art between the late Middle Ages and early Renais- sance. In particular, it deals with secular cycles of Illustrious Men and Triumphs, following continuity and transformations from older evidence (often lost) to their presence in proto-humanistic contexts in Italy be- fore the Quattrocento, when these typical themes are documented everywhere. Furthermore, it discusses the relationships between images, words and memory; and the propagation of Illustrious Genealogies in the late Trecento.