Women’s Patronage and Gendered Cultural Networks in Early Modern Europe: Vittoria della Rovere, Grand Duchess of Tuscany

1st Edition

Adelina Modesti

Routledge
December 20, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 368 Pages - 16 Color & 57 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138712522 - CAT# Y324694
Series: Visual Culture in Early Modernity

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Summary

This book examines the socio-cultural networks between the courts of early modern Italy and Europe, focusing on the Florentine Medici court, and the cultural patronage and international gendered networks developed by the Grand Duchess of Tuscany, Vittoria della Rovere.

Adelina Modesti uses Grand Duchess Vittoria as an exemplar of pan-European matronage and proposes a new matrilineal model of patronage in the early modern period, one in which women become not only the mediators but also the architects of public taste and the transmitters of cultural capital. The book will be the first comprehensive monographic study of this important cultural figure.

This study will be of interest to scholars working in art history, gender studies, Renaissance studies, and seventeenth century Italy.

 

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