The Works of Mercy in Italian Medieval Art (c.1050 – c.1400)

Book Launch

Wednesday 21 November 2012
18.30, Student Café, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN


F. Botana bookSpeaker(s): Dr Federico Botana (University of Reading)
Ticket/Entry details: Open to all, free admission
Organised by: Professor Caroline Arscott

This is the first comprehensive study to be published on the Italian medieval representations of the Works of Mercy, the basic categories of almsgiving. Federico Botana has painstakingly studied frescoes, panel paintings, manuscript illuminations and sculptures of the Works of Mercy to show us how artists represented the care of the needy. He has also investigated how these images reflect the functions of confraternities and hospitals, as well as homiletic and theological literature. This book is based on doctoral research conducted at The Courtauld Institute of Art and was written with the support of a Research Forum –Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship.

Federico Botana is currently one of the researchers in the project ‘Manuscript Egerton: Histories and Genealogies’, funded by the Leverhulme Trust and based at the University of Reading.


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