Women in Italian Renaissance Art: Gender, Representation and Identity

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Manchester University Press, Jun 15, 1997 - Art - 206 pages
Between c1350 and c1650, Italian urban societies saw much debate on women1s nature, roles, education, and behaviour. This book fills a gap in the still burgeoning literature on all aspects of women1s lives in this period. Using a broad range of material, most of which never translated before, this book illuminates the ideals and realities informing the lives of women within the context of civic and courtly culture in Renaissance Italy. The text is divided into three sections: contemporary views on the nature of women, and ethical and aesthetic ideals seen as suitable to them; life cycles from birth to death, punctuated by the rites of passage of betrothal, marriage and widowhood; women1s roles in the convent, the court, the workplace, and in cultural life.Through their exploration of these themes, Mary Rogers and Paola Tinagli demonstrate that there was no single 'Renaissance woman'. The realities of women1s experiences were rich and various, and their voices speak of diverse possibilities for emotionally rich and socially useful lives.
 

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Contents

One21
21
Zanobi di Domenico Jacopo del Sellaio and Biagio dAntonio
23
Workshop of Botticelli The Story of Lucretia Boston
40
Titian Sacred and Profane Love Rome Galleria Borghese 118 x 279 122
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Workshop of Botticelli The Story of Virginia Bergamo Accademia
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Correggio Danae Rome Galleria Borghese 161 x 193 134
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Titian Danae Naples Galleria Nazionale di Capodimonte 120 x 172 136
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Titian Venus Cupid and the Organ Player Madrid Prado 148 x 217 143
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Francesco Bonsignori Altarpiece of the Blessed Osanna
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Three84
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Bronzino Allegory with Venus and Cupid London National Gallery Reproduced by courtesy of the Trustees 146 x 116
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Five155
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Masaccio and Masolino The Virgin Child and St Anne Florence Uffizi 175 x 103
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Fratelli Alinari
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Masolino St Catherine and the Philosophers Rome S Clemente Cappella Branda Castiglione
166
Lorenzo Lotto Mystic Marriage of St Catherine Bergamo Accademia Carrara 172 x 134
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of Art 92 4 x 111 4 144
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Mary R. Rogers is Lecturer in History of Art at the University of Bristol

Paola Tinagli is

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