Date of Award

Summer 8-12-2014

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Art and Design

First Advisor

Dr. John Decker

Second Advisor

Dr. Nick Wilding

Third Advisor

Dr. Susan Richmond


This thesis will analyze why three of Neri di Bicci’s patrons—the Spini family of Florence, a nun of the Bridgettine Order of Florence, and Ser Amideo of Santa Maria degli Ughi—desired to commission an altarpiece of the Assumption of the Virgin in an all’antica style. Neri di Bicci’s background as an artist, existing scholarship, and comparisons of older styles of art will also be discussed.