The Paliotti of Santo Spirito
A lecture by by Margaret Zaho
The basilica of Santo Spirito has an impressive and unrivalled collection of painted wooden altar frontals (called paliotti in Italian, or antependiums in English). Many of these paliotti are still situated in the chapels for which they were originally intended. To date, they have been overlooked and understudied, in part because of their medium and because they are often viewed as subsidiary to the elaborate altarpieces situated above them.
Margaret's research explores the function, meaning, and significance of these objects as works of art and examples of Florentine civic pride. No other church in Florence, or in Italy for that matter, has such a significant number of these objects.
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