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Defining the Renaissance 'Virtuosa' : Women Artists and the Language of Art History and Criticism - Fredrika H. Jacobs

Defining the Renaissance 'Virtuosa'

Women Artists and the Language of Art History and Criticism

Paperback Published: 3rd January 2000
ISBN: 9780521664967
Number Of Pages: 244

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Defining the Renaissance "Virtuosa" considers the language of art in relationship to the issues of gender difference through an examination of art criticism written between 1550 and 1800 on approximately forty women artists who were active in Renaissance Italy. Fredrika Jacobs demonstrates how these theoretical writings defined women artists, by linking artistic creation and biological procreation. Jacobs' study shows how deeply the biases of these early critics have inflected both subsequent reception of these Renaissance virtuose, as well as modern scholarship.

"The book is more than a contribution to feminist revisionism; it also adds much to our understanding of how the art of painting was understood, and by defining 'feminine' artists and painting, it also gives a clearer sense of how 'masculinized' the concept of creativity was in the Renaissance." A. Langdale, Choice "Thanks to the breadth of her textual analyses and the insightful questions she poses throughout, Jacobs offers a richly illuminating reading of the construction of the Renaissance woman artist. In turn, the book provides a welcome context for several worthy but more narrowly focused critical studies on related subjects whose contents she integrates into her own narrative...a considerable achievement in having uncovered and woven together a complex of ideas that expands consequentially our view of artistic activity in Early Modern Italy." Leslie Korrick, Sixteenth Century Jrnl

List of Illustrationsp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Problems of Praise and Pythagorean Contrarietyp. 8
(Pro)creativityp. 27
Melancholia: A Case Studyp. 64
La Donnesca Manop. 85
Misplaced Modifiersp. 123
Femmina Masculo e Masculo Femminap. 157
A Roster of Sixteenth-Century Italian Women Artistsp. 165
Rime, Madrigali, and Other Early Writings on Artists and Artp. 169
Ridolfo Campeggi, Delle Poesie, 1620p. 169
"Alla Signora Lavinia Fontana Pittrice famosa"p. 169
"Al Sig. Guido Reni Pittore Eccellentiss"p. 170
Giambattista Marino, La Galeria, 1619/20p. 171
"La Decollatione di San Giovanni Battista, di Titiano"p. 171
"Herodiade con la testa di San Giovanni Battista, di Lavinia Fontana"p. 171
Mutio Manfredi, I Madrigali, 1606p. 172
Three madrigals "Per la Signora Barbara Lunghi eccellentissima pittrice, e pertetua virgine"p. 172
Three madrigals "Per la Signora Fede Galitia, Fanciula nell'Arte della Pittura eccellentiss"p. 174
Mutio Manfredi: Comments concerning Barbara Longhi from a lecture delivered to the Accademia de'Confusi, Bologna, 4 February 1575p. 175
Giulio Cornelio Gratiano, Di Orlando Santo vita, 1636, excerpt, bk. IVp. 175
Rime di diversi nobilissimi, et eccellentissima autori -- in morte della Signora Irene delle Signore di Spilimbergo, 1561p. 178
Federico Frangipane, "Mentre IRENE gentil..."p. 178
Giacomo Tiepolo, "Mentre la bella, and giovenetta IRENE..."p. 178
Gioseppe Betussi, "Qui sepolta non e la bella IRENE..."p. 179
Gio. Battista Pigna, "Se la Vergine e 'n ciel..."p. 180
Titian, "EGREGIA poteras spirantes fingere uultus..."p. 181
Ippolita Gonzaga, "Quella, che co'i soavi almi concenti..."p. 181
Notesp. 183
Bibliographyp. 215
Indexp. 225
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ISBN: 9780521664967
ISBN-10: 0521664969
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 244
Published: 3rd January 2000
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.5