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Titian's Christ with the Coin: Recovering the spiritual currency of numismatics in Renaissance Ferrara

Nygren, CJ (2016) Titian's Christ with the Coin: Recovering the spiritual currency of numismatics in Renaissance Ferrara. Renaissance Quarterly, 69 (2). 449 - 488. ISSN 0034-4338

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Abstract

© 2016 Renaissance Society of America. Titian painted Christ with the Coin for Alfonso d'Este around 1516. The painting served as the cover piece for a collection of ancient coins and has been read as a commentary on politics and taxation. Instead, this article reveals how the painting reconfigured Alfonso's interaction with ancient coins, transforming the everyday activity of the collector into an occasion of spiritual reformation. Reading numismatic antiquarianism against the exegetical tradition that accrued around the Gospel pericope (Matthew 22:21) reveals the painting as the nexus of two regimes of virtue - one Christian, one classical - both of which turn upon coins as manifold objects.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
Creators/Authors:
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Nygren, CJCNYGREN@pitt.eduCNYGREN0000-0002-2039-4313
Date: 1 June 2016
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Journal or Publication Title: Renaissance Quarterly
Volume: 69
Number: 2
Page Range: 449 - 488
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1086/687607
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > History of Art and Architecture
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0034-4338
Article Type: Review
Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2016 15:11
Last Modified: 21 Dec 2018 14:55
URI: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/28121

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