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Women in Italian Renaissance Artby Paola Tinagli
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This is the first book which gives a general overview of women as subject-matter in Italian Renaissance painting. It presents a view of the interaction between artist and patron, and also of the function of these paintings in Italian society of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Using letters, poems, and treatises, it examines through the eyes of the contemporary viewer the way women were represented in paintings.
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Synthesizing traditional interpretations and fresh insights, the author arranges her study in four sections relating to marriage furniture, portraiture, the nude, and depictions of female saints. In each section, she provides close analyses of paintings and works of art, integrating information about artistic problems and theory to the social history of the period. Her discussion encompasses the social and cultural context of the paintings, the intentions of the patrons, and the changes in types and forms of representation from the first half of the 15th century to the second half of the 16th. Distributed by St. Martin's Press.
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Presents a general overview of women as subject-matter in Italian Renaissance painting. The text is divided into five chapters, which cover the following themes: portraiture; the nude; depiction of female saints; and women as protaganists of narratives in paintings for domestic furniture.
Using letters, poems, and treatises, art historian Paola Tinagli examines how women were viewed and portrayed during the Italian Renaissance. The role of women as protagonists in painted narratives is explored in detail. All themes are closely linked to artistic problems and theory and to the social history of the period. 80 illus.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 191-198) and index.
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