Defining the Renaissance 'Virtuosa': Women Artists and the Language of Art History and Criticism

Defining the Renaissance 'Virtuosa': Women Artists and the Language of Art History and Criticism

by Fredrika H. Jacobs
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521572703

ISBN-13: 9780521572705

Pub. Date: 10/28/2010

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Defining the Renaissance "Virtuosa" considers the language of art in relationship to the issues of gender difference through an examination of art criticism written between 1550 and 1800 on approximately forty women artists who were active in Renaissance Italy. Fredrika Jacobs demonstrates how these theoretical writings defined women artists, by linking artistic

Overview

Defining the Renaissance "Virtuosa" considers the language of art in relationship to the issues of gender difference through an examination of art criticism written between 1550 and 1800 on approximately forty women artists who were active in Renaissance Italy. Fredrika Jacobs demonstrates how these theoretical writings defined women artists, by linking artistic creation and biological procreation. Jacobs' study shows how deeply the biases of these early critics have inflected both subsequent reception of these Renaissance virtuose, as well as modern scholarship.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521572705
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/28/2010
Pages:
229
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.67(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations; Acknowledgments; 1. Introduction; 2. Problems of praise and Pythagorean contrariety; 3. (Pro)creativity; 4. Melancholia: a case study; 5. La donnesca mano; 6. Misplaced modifiers; 7. 'femmina masculo e masculo femmina'; Appendix I. A roster of sixteenth-century Italian women artists; Appendix II. Rime, Madrigali, and other early writings on artists and art; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

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