Stephen N. Fliegel

Stephen N. Fliegel, contributing writer, Curator of Medieval Art, The Cleveland Museum of Art

A Madonna and Child from 13th Century Lucca

April 2019
Lesser-known to American visitors to Tuscany is the beautiful and historic town of Lucca located only some 10 miles northeast of Pisa. The more famous cities of Siena and Florence generally attract large numbers of art students and tourists....


A Marble Statuette from Renaissance Florence

March 2019
The Italian Renaissance had its birth in Florence, a prosperous medieval banking and mercantile center. Well-known are the names of the artists who flourished there: Giotto, Donatello, Botticelli, Leonardo, and Michelangelo, the stars of today’s...


A Painted Crucifix from Pisa

February 2019
The cross is one of the oldest and most universal of all symbols. It is the central image in Christian art, the unique symbol of Christ himself because of his Crucifixion. In a broader sense, the cross has become the mark or sign of the Christian...


A Madonna and Child from Siena

January 2019
La Madonna col Bambino del Cleveland Museum of Art è un esempio particolarmente bello di questo soggetto, sebbene sfortunatamente non sia noto per quale chiesa o cappella di Siena fu dipinto quasi 700 anni fa o da chi fu commissionato. Lo stile ne...


The Cassone in Renaissance Italy

October 2018
Large decorative chests known as cassoni remained the most popular type of furniture in use in the homes of the Italian urban elite during the 14th through the 16th centuries. They were one of the trophy furnishings of rich merchants and...


A Civic Commission by Andrea Gritti, Doge of Venice

September 2018
Un manoscritto miniato è un libro scritto a mano su pergamena o pelle di animale e decorato con vernice colorata e foglie d’oro e che costituì il metodo di produzione di testi  fino all’introduzione della stampa dopo il XV secolo. Tuttavia,...


Painting in Siena Following the Black Death

August 2018
Neroccio de’ Landi fu pittore e scultore del primo Rinascimento a Siena. In entrambe queste arti figurative egli fu allievo del Vecchietta, di cui rilevò la bottega nel 1480, ma dal 1469 circa al ‘75 fu anche socio di Francesco Martini, forse...


A Portrait Medal by Pisanello

July 2018
Within the Byzantine gallery of the Cleveland Museum of Art may be found a portrait medal cast in lead, not by a Byzantine artist, but by the leading medallist of 15th century Italy, Antonio di Puccio Pisano, commonly known as “Pisanello.”...


A Renaissance Tabernacle Frame

May 2018
Displayed in the Renaissance galleries of the Cleveland Museum of Art is a marble, frame-like, relief sculpture, Italian in origin, depicting two angels facing a central opening or portal. It dates to about 1480 to 1500. The marble is beautifully...


Illuminations for Ferrara Cathedral

April 2018
Two magnificently illuminated manuscript pages are preserved in the Cleveland Museum of Art.  Their dimensions and style of decoration indicate that they were detached at some point in their history from an important set of choir books....


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