Beyond Isabella: Secular Women Patrons of Art in Renaissance Italy

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Truman State Univ Press, 2001 - Art - 339 pages
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Beyond Isabella d'Este, who were the secular female patrons of art and architecture in Renaissance Italy? This volume brings together fourteen essays that examine the important and often unrecognised roles secular women -- both aristocratic and bourgeois -- played in the patronage of visual culture during the Italian renaissance.
 

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Contents

Prologue
xv
Acknowledgments
xxi
Frequently Cited Sources and Abbreviations
xxii
Recognizing New Patrons Posing New Questions
1
Consort Mother and Patron of Art in Trecento Padua
19
Controlling Women or Women Controlled? Suggestions for Gender Roles and Visual Culture in the Italian Renaissance Palace
37
The Women Patrons of Neri di Bicci
51
Caterina Piccolomini and the Palazzo delle Papesse in Siena
77
Two Emilian Noblewomen and Patronage Networks in the Cinquecento
159
Female Patronage and Two Marian Altarpieces by Parmigianino
177
Vittoria Colonna and the Commission for a Mary Magdalen by Titian
193
Conjugal Patronage and the PainterCourtier
225
Juno and a Woman with Eyes in Her Head Like Two Stars in Their Beauty
263
Alessandro Alloris Christ and the Adulteress in the Church of Santo Spirito at Florence
301
Why Women Built in Early Modern Rome
317
About the Contributors
337

The Camerini of Isabella dEste and Francesco II Gonzaga
93
Alfonsina Orsini de Medici
125

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David Wilkins is an art historian who served as the head of the Art History department of the University of Pittsburgh. He curently resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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