Women, Art, and Architecture in Northern Italy, 1520-1580: Negotiating Power
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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The Cast of Characters
The Renaissance Palazzo as a Public Voice for Women
The Renaissance Palazzo Interior as a Private Voice for Women
Listening to Womens Private Voice
Women the Church and Religious Foundations
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