Picturing Women in Renaissance and Baroque Italy

Picturing Women in Renaissance and Baroque Italy

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This 1997 volume considers pictured and picturing women in Renaissance and Baroque Italy as the subjects, creators, patrons and viewers of art. Art itself is broadly defined to include not only painting, sculpture and architecture, but also popular prints and domestic objects. Women's experiences and needs (as perceived by women themselves and as defined by men on their behalf) are seen as important determinants in the production and consumption of visual culture. How the real and ideal lives of women - nuns, brides, mothers, widows, artists, saints, sinners - are reflected in, and to some extent shaped by, works of art is also explored. Adopting an interdisciplinary approach, this collection seeks to examine the art histories of women in Italy from the fourteenth to the seventeenth centuries.
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  • Paperback | 338 pages
  • 173 x 245.1 x 16.3mm | 689.47g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 84 b/w illus.
  • 0521565804
  • 9780521565806
  • 1,805,601

Table of contents

Introduction; Part I. Envisioning Women's Lives: 1. Regarding women in sacred space Adrian Randolph; 2. Imaginative conceptions in Renaissance Italy Jacqueline Marie Musacchio; 3. Pedagogical prints: moralizing broadsheets and wayward women in Counter Reformation Italy Sara F. Matthews Grieco; Part II. Creative Careers: Women as Artists and Patrons: 4. Taking part: Benedictine nuns as patrons of art and architecture Mary-Ann Winkelmes; 5. Lavinia Fontana and female life cycle experience in late sixteenth-century Bologna Caroline P. Murphy; 6. 'Virgo-non sterilis ...': nuns as artists in seventeenth-century Rome Franca Trinchieri Camiz; Part III. Female Bodies in the Language of Art: 7. Disrobing the virgin: the Madonna Lactans in fifteenth-century Florentine art Megan Holmes; 8. Donna/Dono: Chivalry and adulterous exchange in the Quattrocento Chad Coerver; 9. Idol or ideal? The power and potency of female public sculpture Geraldine A. Johnson; Notes; Index.
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'... a very valuable contribution to an expanding field.' Paolo Tinagli, Burlington Magazine 'The essays are uniformly well-written ... ' Archiv fur Reformationsgeeschichte 'A thoughtful and impartial examination of the intertwined spheres of womanhood and art in their many and varied spheres and functions.' The Australian National Review
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