Matteo Civitali nella cattedrale di Lucca
Studi e restauri
Edizioni Fondazione Ragghianti Studi sull'Arte, Lucca, 2011
6 Series Quaderni della Fondazione - Studi e materiali
in coproduction with the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Lucca. Edited by Antonia d'Aniello, Maria Teresa Filieri.
413 p., b. & wh. and col. ill. and phot. (20x29.7 cm.)
Some years after the exhibition Matteo Civitali e il suo tempo. Pittori scultori e orafi a Lucca nel tardo Quattrocento, made by the Museo nazionale di Villa Guinigi nel 2004, “…we thought to go back to the same theme in the light of the results of the recent restorations. It’s now acquired by the critics that with the restart of the works in the cathedral from the second half of the XV century, Civitali, his familiar studio and his entourage became undisputed protagonists of the renewal of the interior order and that Matteo Civitali held in this contest a role of author and projector, underlined by the unitarity of the decorative equipments which declines the same materials, the same constituent scheme and similar motives realized in sculpture and then re-proposed in painting through identical chromatic choices and imitative of the building materials. Painters who have common activities with him, as documents attest, revolve around him such as Baldassarre di Biagio, Vincenzo Frediani, Michele Ciampanti; sculptors such as Andrea da Carrara; “legnaioli” such as the mysterious Domenico di Zanobi; organ-makers such as Domenico di Lorenzo, glass-makers such as Pandolfo di Ugolino who translates in the glass the cardboards by Vincenzo Frediani”
From the introduction by A. D’Aniello e M.T. Filieri.