The Art and Ritual of Childbirth in Renaissance Italy

Overview

Childbirth in Renaissance Italy was encouraged, celebrated, and commemorated with a wide range of objects from wooden trays and bowls and maiolica wares to paintings, sculpture, clothing, linens, and food. This ground-breaking book examines for the first-time the appearance, meaning, and function of these childbirth objects. It also describes the social and cultural context in which they were created, purchased, and bestowed. In doing so, it offers many insights into Renaissance...
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Overview

Childbirth in Renaissance Italy was encouraged, celebrated, and commemorated with a wide range of objects from wooden trays and bowls and maiolica wares to paintings, sculpture, clothing, linens, and food. This ground-breaking book examines for the first-time the appearance, meaning, and function of these childbirth objects. It also describes the social and cultural context in which they were created, purchased, and bestowed. In doing so, it offers many insights into Renaissance daily life.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300076295
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/1999
  • Pages: 228
  • Product dimensions: 9.05 (w) x 11.38 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Author's Note
Glossary
Introduction 1
1 The Social, Physical, and Demographic Context for Renaissance Childbirth 17
2 Caterina di Ser Girolamo da Colle and the Material Culture of Renaissance Childbirth 35
3 Wooden Trays and Bowls for Childbirth 59
4 Maiolica Wares for Childbirth 91
5 Maternal Mediators 125
Conclusion 149
App. A The Estate of Francesco Inghirrami 158
App. B Antonio Castellani's Wedding Expenses 174
App. C The Frescobaldi Confinement Room 176
App. D Antonio Rustichi's Supplies for the Wetnurse 178
Notes 179
Bibliography 198
Index 208
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