Women, Art, and Architecture in Northern Italy, 1520-1580: Negotiating Power

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Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2006 - Art - 282 pages
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Expanding interdisciplinary investigations into gender and material culture, Katherine A. McIver here adds a new dimension to Renaissance patronage studies by considering domestic art - the decoration of the domestic interior - as opposed to patronage of the fine arts (painting, sculpture and architecture). Taking a multidimensional approach, McIver looks at women as collectors of precious material goods, as organizers of the early modern home, and as decorators of its interior. By analyzing the inventories of women's possessions, McIver considers the wide range of domestic objects that women owned, such as painted and inlaid chests, painted wall panels, tapestries, fine fabrics for wall and bed hangings, and elaborate jewelry (pendant earrings, brooches, garlands for the hair, necklaces and rings) as well as personal devotional objects.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Cast of Characters
17
The Renaissance Palazzo as a Public Voice for Women
63
The Renaissance Palazzo Interior as a Private Voice for Women
107
Listening to Womens Private Voice
137
Women the Church and Religious Foundations
171
Glossary
203
Genealogy Charts
251
Bibliography
259
Index
275
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Katherine A. McIver is Associate Professor of Art History at The University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA.

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