Julian Gardner is Emeritus Professor of the History of Art at the University of Warwick.
The expertise of distinguished scholar Gardner reveals itself in every page of this small volume...Gardner has numerous insights about content, patronage, and historical background, and he is especially sensitive to the artistic expression of Franciscan values and concerns. His characterization of the absence of minoritas, or Franciscan humility, in the paintings in Assisi and Florence seems particularly apt. His essays lead readers to look at the paintings anew--both the familiar images, such as the Bardi Chapel frescoes, and the often-overlooked Assisi allegories. -- J. I. Miller Choice 20111001