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Women Artists in Early Modern Italy : Careers, Fame, and Collectors / edited by Sheila Barker.

Barker, Sheila [Browse]
  • Turnhout, Belgium : Harvey Miller / Brepols, [2016]
  • ©2016
181 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm.
Medici Archive Project 2
Summary note:
In ten chapters spanning two centuries, this collection of essays examines the relationships between women artists and their publics, both in early modern Italy as well as across Europe. Drawing upon archival evidence, these essays afford abundant documentary information about the diverse strategies that women found for carrying out their artistic careers, from Sofonisba Anguissola's role as a lady-in-waiting at the court of Felipe II of Spain, to Lucrezia Quistelli's avoidance of the Florentine market in favor of upholding the prestige of her family, to Costanza Francini's preference for the steady but humble work of candle painting for a Florentine confraternity. Their unusual life stories along with their outstanding talents brought fame to a number of women artists even in their own lifetimes--so much fame, in fact, that Giorgio Vasari included several women artists in his 1568 edition of artists' biographies. Notably, this visibility also subjected women artists to public scrutiny, to a much greater extent than what their male counterparts experienced. Because of their fame and their extraordinary (and often exemplary) lives, works made by women artists held a special allure for early generations of Italian collectors, including Grand Duke Cosimo III de' Medici, who made a point of collecting their self-portraits. In the eighteenth century, British collectors wishing to model themselves after the Italian virtuosi exhibited an undeniable penchant for the Italian women artists of a bygone era, but turned their backs to the contemporary women artists their midst.
Bibliographic references:
Contains bibliographical references and index.
Introduction / Sheila Barker -- 'Più che famose': Some Thoughts on Women Artists in Early Modern Europe / Sheila ffolliott -- Sofonisba Anguissola at the Court of Philip II / Cecilia Gamberini -- Sofonisba Anguissola, 'Pittora de Natura': A Page from Van Dyck's Italian Sketchbook / Barbara Tramelli -- Lucrezia Quistelli (1541-94), a Woman Artist in Vasari's Florence / Sheila Barker -- Arcangela Paladini and the Medici / Lisa Goldenberg Stoppato -- Costanza Francini: A Painter in the Shadow of Artemisia Gentileschi / Julia Vicioso -- The Medici's First Woman Court Artist: The Life and Career of Camilla Guerreira Nati / Eve Straussman-Pflanzer -- A Newly Discovered Late Work by Artemisia Gentileschi: Susanna and the Elders of 1652 / Adelina Modesti -- Female Painters and Cosimo III de' Medici's Art Collecting Project / Roberta Piccinelli -- The English Collectors of Italy's Female Old Masters, 1700-1824.
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  • 1909400351
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