Charlotte Nichols, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Art History within the College of Communication and the Arts, recently published Renaissance Naples: A Documentary History, 1400-1600 (Italica Press). The book, co-authored with James McGregor, is the most recent volume in the first comprehensive English-language collection of contemporary sources on the political history, literature, and visual culture of Naples, Italy, covering the late medieval era to the early seventeenth century.
The book's 169 different readings provide:
…a general, though rigorous introduction to the broad sweep of Naples' development during two centuries of broad and rapid change… [and attempts] to represent the voices that came from both the palace and the street, from both the highly learned and the practically literate.
Professor Nichols authored a general introduction and developed English translations of specific texts relevant to important artistic commissions, which are accompanied by her contextualizing commentary. Frederick Booth, Ph.D., from Seton Hall's Department of Classics, also contributed a lengthy translation of Giovanni Pontano's critically important treatise, On Magnificence.
Working on the project "provided an unusual – and challenging – opportunity to link developments across two centuries in urban planning, painting, residential design, religious buildings, and the taste for the antique," noted Professor Nichols. "The occupation of Naples by French and Aragonese kings and, later, the Spanish viceroys means that its artistic patronage developed differently there than in other Italian centers. I am delighted to help spread the news about the history of this intoxicating and under-studied city to English readers."
Within the College, Professor Nichols is a specialist in Italian Renaissance art. She teaches in the undergraduate art history program and advises theses for the M.A. in Museum Professions program. In addition to her publications on Naples, she has written on the painter Savoldo and topics in dress history.
Renaissance Naples: A Documentary History, 1400-1600 (Italica Press: New York & Bristol, 2019), 538 pp. is available for purchase on Amazon in print, with a Kindle version forthcoming.