Synopses & Reviews
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.
Between c1350 and c1650, Italian urban societies saw much debate on women s nature, roles, education, and behaviour. This book fills a gap in the still burgeoning literature on all aspects of women s 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; women s 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 women s experiences were rich and various, and their voices speak of diverse possibilities for emotionally rich and socially useful lives.
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.