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WOMEN IN ITALIAN RENAISSANCE ART

GENDER, REPRESENTATION, IDENTITY
TINAGLI, PAOLA / ROGERS, MARY

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DetailsMANCHESTER UNIVERSITY PRESS
1997
224 Pages
Format: Rústica
ISBN: 9780719040542
Language: INGLÉSCategory: Medieval and Renaissance Art
DescriptionBetween c1350 and c1650, Italian urban societies saw much debate on women¹s nature, roles, education, and behaviour. This book fills a gap in the still burgeoning literature on all aspects of women¹s lives in this period. Using a broad range of material, most of w hich never translated before, this book illuminates the ideals and realities informing the lives of women within the context of civi c and courtly culture in Renaissance Italy. The text is divided into three sections: contemporary views on the nature of women, and ethical and aesthetic ideals seen as suitable to them/ life cycles from birth to death, punctuated by the rites of passage of betrot hal, marriage and widowhood/ women¹s roles in the convent, the court, the workplace, and in cultural life.Through their exploration of these themes, Mary Rogers and Paola Tinagli demonstrate that there was no single 'Renaissance woman'. The realities of women¹s ex periences were rich and various, and their voices speak of diverse possibilities for emotionally rich and socially useful lives. IntroductionPart 1 : IdealsWoman's nature and characteristicsThe discourse of beauty and loveThe Virgin MaryFemale SaintsFamous and exemplary womenPart 2 : LifecyclesGirlsBetrothals and Weddings Marriage and married lifeConception, childbirth and the upbringing of childrenWidowsPart 3 : RolesNuns and women in religionThe court ladyWomen and work for gainProstitutes and courtesansWriters, artis ts, musicians and performersIllustrationsBibliographyIndex

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