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Women in Italian Renaissance Art: Gender, Representation and Identity / Edition 1

Women in Italian Renaissance Art: Gender, Representation and Identity / Edition 1

by Paola Tinagli, Mary Rogers
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Between 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 which never translated before, this book illuminates the ideals and realities informing the lives of women within the context of civic 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 betrothal, 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 experiences were rich and various, and their voices speak of diverse possibilities for emotionally rich and socially useful lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780719040542
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Publication date: 06/15/1997
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.69(w) x 9.45(h) x (d)

About the Author

Mary R. Rogers is Lecturer in History of Art at the University of Bristol. Paola Tinagli is

Table of Contents

Part 1 : Ideals
Woman's nature and characteristics
The discourse of beauty and love
The Virgin Mary
Female Saints
Famous and exemplary women

Part 2 : Lifecycles
Betrothals and Weddings
Marriage and married life
Conception, childbirth and the upbringing of children

Part 3 : Roles
Nuns and women in religion
The court lady
Women and work for gain
Prostitutes and courtesans
Writers, artists, musicians and performers

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Women in Italian Renaissance Art: Gender, Representation and Identity 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
VHall More than 1 year ago
More a text book than a photo album.  This very insightful and well researched book deals mainly with the lives of women in Renaissance Italy, with a few pictures, all in black and white.  Even though I purchased this book to aid in historical costume design and was disappointed by the lack of actual art illustrations, I am enjoying reading the book.