Storia dell’arte 153, Gennaio – Giugno 2020
Agostino Ciampelli per il cardinale Alessandro de’ Medici: un paliotto per S. Maria in Trastevere e un drappo per il ciborio lateranense
This essay examines the contribution of the painter Agostino Ciampelli (1565-1630) to the renewal of the liturgical apparatus of two ancient basilicas in Rome, promoted by his protector, Cardinal Alessandro di Ottaviano de’ Medici, for the Jubilee year 1600. The study focuses on two silk artifacts designed by the artist: the altar frontal with the Annunciation for S. Maria in Trastevere and the lost “pannus sericus” with the heads of Saint Peter and Paul for the Lateran ciborium. These liturgical objects are analyzed in relation to their respective decorative contexts and in light of newly discovered documents, which make it possible to define some interesting aspects concerning their conception and execution.