Painter and Priest: Giovanni Canavesio's Visual Rhetoric and the Passion Cycle at La Brigue
Giovanni Canavesio, an artist-priest active in the last decades of the fifteenth century in the Southern Alps, left behind a significant body of work, including pictorial cycles and altarpieces. This book is an in-depth analysis of his cycle on the Passion of Christ , completed in 1492 on the walls of the pilgrimage sanctuary of Notre-Dame des Fontaines, outside the southern French town of La Brigue. Veronique Plesch provides a detailed analysis of Canavesio's complex and powerful Passion cycle - the formal means he used to convey content, the significance of the order of scenes, the iconography of depictions, the textual insertions of speech-scrolls and labels in the paintings, and the relationship of the painted ensemble with preaching. In addition to her assessment of possible uses for Canavesio's Passion cycle, Plesch places it within the wider context of late medieval religious belief. She connects it not only with preaching but also with devotional meditation and religious theatre. Lavishly illustrated with 154 color and black and white images, this interdisciplinary study will appeal to art historians as well as those interested in theatre studies, medieval literature, and religious studies.
by : veronique plesch