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Author Periti, Giancarla, 1966- author.

Title In the courts of religious ladies : art, vision, and pleasure in Italian Renaissance convents / Giancarla Periti.

Publication Info. New Haven : Yale University Press, [2016]


Location Call No. Status
 University of Saint Joseph: Pope Pius XII Library - Standard Shelving Location  Oversize 709.45 P446I    Check Shelf
Description ix, 294 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 29 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 259-281) and index.
Contents Courts of Elite Virgins : Enclosure, Christian Manners, and the Fashion of Liminality -- Art for Nuns : Gaze, Touch, and Provocation -- Art, Contemplation, and Splendor -- Giovanna Piacenza's Abbatial Apartment : Space, Gender, and Self-Identity -- Monstrosities, Female Exemplarity, and the Ideal of Regeneration -- Correggio's Wit, Irony, and the Enigmatic Image.
Summary "This fascinating study considers the poetic and mythological artworks made for elite female monastic communities in Renaissance Italy. Nuns from the patrician class, who often disregarded obligations of austerity and poverty, commissioned sensually appealing, richly made artifacts inspired by contemporary courtly culture. The works of art transformed monastic parlors, abbatial apartments, and nuns' cells into ornate settings, thereby enriching and complicating the opposition of religious and worldly spheres. This unconventional monastic and yet courtly decoration was a new form of art in the way it entangled the sacred and the profane. The artwork was intended to edify both intellectually and spiritually, as well as to delight and seduce the viewer. Based on extensive new research into primary sources, this generously illustrated book introduces a thriving female monastic visual culture that ecclesiastical authorities endeavored to suppress. It shows how this art taught its viewers to use their eyes to gain insights about the secular world beyond the convent walls."-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Art, Renaissance -- Italy -- Themes, motives.
Art, Italian -- Themes, motives.
Women art patrons -- Italy.
Monastic and religious life of women -- Italy.
Art and society -- Italy.
ART -- European.
ART -- History -- Renaissance.
ART -- Subjects & Themes -- Religious.
Art and society. (OCoLC)fst00815432
Art, Italian -- Themes, motives. (OCoLC)fst00816463
Art, Renaissance -- Themes, motives. (OCoLC)fst00816802
Monastic and religious life of women. (OCoLC)fst01025119
Women art patrons. (OCoLC)fst01177151
Italy. (OCoLC)fst01204565
Frauenkloster. (DE-588)4071432-9
Kunst. (DE-588)4114333-4
Mäzenatentum. (DE-588)4074442-5
Oberschicht. (DE-588)4042976-3
Renaissance. (DE-588)4049450-0
Italy. (DE-588)4027833-5
ISBN 9780300214239 (hardback)
0300214235 (hardback)
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