Women and Art in Early Modern Europe: Patrons, Collectors, and Connoisseurs

Women and Art in Early Modern Europe: Patrons, Collectors, and Connoisseurs

by Cynthia Lawrence
     
 
This anthology reflects a larger impulse to recover women's involvement in the creation of an aesthetic culture from the late medieval through the early modern periods. By asking how the perspectives and experiences of female patrons contributed to the invention of particular styles or iconographies, or how they shaped taste, or what kind of impact they had on demand,

Overview

This anthology reflects a larger impulse to recover women's involvement in the creation of an aesthetic culture from the late medieval through the early modern periods. By asking how the perspectives and experiences of female patrons contributed to the invention of particular styles or iconographies, or how they shaped taste, or what kind of impact they had on demand, these twelve original essays introduce significant new information about specific women patrons while raising theoretical issues for patronage studies more generally.

Editorial Reviews

Sixteenth Century Journal
[P]resents important contributions in two growing areas in art historical scholarship: the history of the involvement of women with the arts, and the history of patronage and collecting....The volume not only underscores the highly respected status of women patrons in the art world, but also provides insight into critical subjects such as new home designs, the collecting of antiquities, the creation of memorial monuments, and the amassing and care of important collections in which women played a recognized, leading, and defining role.
Burlington Review
The essays share an awareness of the acutely privileged but often problematic position from which female patrons operated and the variety of motivations that encouraged their cultural intervention.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780271015682
Publisher:
Penn State University Press
Publication date:
12/28/1996
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

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Keith Moxey
Lawrence's anthology of essays on women as patrons, collectors and connoisseurs in the period 1350-1750 represents an important contribution to art historical knowledge.
— (Keith Moxey, Barnard College)

Meet the Author

Cynthia Lawrence is Professor of Art History at Temple University. She is the author of Gerrit Adriaensz Berckheyde (1639–98): Haarlem Cityscape Painter (1991) and Flemish Baroque Commemorative Monuments, 1566–1725 (1981).

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