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Title: The Donne Illustre visual and literary traditions in Quattrocento Italy with special reference to Tuscany and the courts of Mantua and Ferrara
Author: Franklin, S. M.
Awarding Body: University of Cambridge
Current Institution: University of Cambridge
Date of Award: 2000
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In the second half of the fifteenth century, representations of female worthies from classical lore began to appear on Italian furniture and wall paintings as well as on tapestries, porcelain and in prints. The women portrayed in these images were celebrated for possessing such virtues as patriotic heroism, the capacity for shrewd leadership, and even military prowess. Yet their presence in the visual arts of the Renaissance remains problematic and even paradoxical, having been created in an age when many secular and ecclesiastical authorities defined the roles of women strictly in terms of their obligations as virgin, wife, and mother. During this same period, a literary genre devoted to the praise and defense of women and deriving from the work of the fourteenth-century humanist Giovanni Boccaccio, was generated in the dynastic courts of northern Italy. The purpose of this study is to initiate an investigation into the relationships which may have existed between the literary and visual traditions of donne illustre by examining paintings executed from the mid-fifteenth to early sixteenth century in four important centres of Italian Renaissance culture: Florence, Siena, Ferrara and Mantua.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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