This anthology of original sources from c.1400 to 1650, translated from Italian or Latin, is a companion to the authors Women in Italy, 1340-1650. Ideals and Realities, though it can be read independently. These texts, mostly unfamiliar and often vivid, deal with women’s involvement in the visual arts and material culture of their day.
The documents are from inventories, letters, diaries, wills, artists’ contracts, and more formal treatises or poetic works. Each section has a general introduction to the broader context and issues. Short introductions precede each text.Advanced undergraduates, postgraduates, and lecturers in art history or Italian studies, will deepen their understanding of the relationship between women, artists and the visual arts in early modern Italy. This book will be an essential aid for a class discussion and further research.
Part I deals with the material environments which women inhabited, their living quarters and contents, and women’s appearance outside the home, on everyday occasion, and in lavishly orchestrated spectacles. Part II examines women as agents, commissioning, supervising or bequeathing ambitious architectural projects. The commissioning and acquisition of painting and sculptures also show the reader the significance of different types of art for patronesses and intended audiences. Part III looks at women’s religious devotion, and the role played in it by buildings, paintings and objects. Part IV enables the reader to enter the working lives of female artists and the little-explored topic of how women authors of the time wrote about real or imaginary artefacts.
|Publisher:||Manchester University Press|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||8.30(w) x 5.40(h) x 1.00(d)|
About the Author
Mary Rogers has published widely on Italian visual representations of women in relation to the writing of the day.
Paola Tinagli is author of *Women in Italian Renaissance art* (MUP 1997) and lives and works in Italy.
Table of Contents
Part I The material world of women
1. Buildings and interiors
2. Beauty, quality and elegance: objects in the house
3. Clothes: legislation, description and uses
4. Ceremony and travel: women participants and observers
Part II Women, secular art and artists: commissioning, buying, preserving
5. The building and embellishment of palaces, villas and gardens
6. Women and their use and commissioning of portraits
7. Relationships with artists
Part III Women, devotion and art
8. Private devotion
9. Communal devotion: spectacles, rituals, miraculous images and pilgrimage
10. Public devotional patronage: personal and collective
Part IV Female artists, craftswomen and writers
11. Female artists and craftswomen
12. Women writing on art and artefacts