Postprint version. Published in The Art Bulletin, Volume 82, Issue 2, June 1, 2000, pages 252-279.
The definitive version is available at https://doi.org/10.1080/00043079.2000.10786932.
Recent debate over the chronology of the Costabili polyptych, painted for the high altar of S. Andrea in Ferrara, has overlooked the broader question of interpretation regarding its genesis following Ferrara's participation in the Cambrai Wars. This essay analyzes how the altarpiece negotiates the concept of "just war" while communicating God's peace and salvation. Especially relevant to interpreting the imagery are the writings of Andrea Baura and Antonio Meli, two contemporary Augustinian friars from S. Andrea, who offered new ways of reading Scripture to overcome Ferrara's historical and spiritual conflicts.
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