A Renaissance Audience Considered: The Nuns at S. Apollonia and Castagno's Last Supper

Hayum, Andrée
June 2006
Art Bulletin;Jun2006, Vol. 88 Issue 2, p243
Academic Journal
The article investigates the connection between the Last Supper painting of Andrea del Castagno and the nuns at Sant'Apollonia refectory. The shift to consider the contextual setting of the artwork began when it was monumentalized on monastery refectories. Scholar Luisa Vertova said that the first Renaissance Florentine refectory to have the Last Supper is the Benedictine nuns of Sant'Apollonia. It is possible that the female religious was responsible for the commissioning of such substantial and stylistic avant-garde work.


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