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Author Springer, Carolyn.

Title Armour and masculinity in the Italian Renaissance / Carolyn Springer
Published Toronto ; Buffalo : University of Toronto Press, [2010]
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Description 1 online resource (xii, 241 pages) : illustrations, portraits
Series Toronto Italian studies
Toronto Italian studies.
Contents The classical body: the Poetics of the Bella Fiqura -- The sacred body: the armour of sacrifice -- The grotesque body: tropes and apotropes -- Guidobaldo II della Rovere (1514-74) -- Charles V Habsburg (1500-58) -- Cosimo I de' Medici (1519-74)
Summary "During the Italian Wars of 1494 to 1559, with innovations in military technology and tactics, armour began to disappear from the battlefield. Yet as field armour was retired, parade and ceremonial armour grew increasingly flamboyant. Displaced from its utilitarian function of defense but retained for symbolic uses, armour evolved in a new direction as a medium of artistic expression
Luxury armour became a chief accessory in the performance of elite male identity, coded with messages regarding the owner's social status, genealogy, and political alliances. Carolyn Springer decodes Renaissance armour as three-dimensional portraits through the case studies of three patrons of luxury armourers, Guidobaldo II della Rovere (1514-75), Charles V Habsburg (1500-58 and Holy Roman Emperor from 1519-56), and Cosimo I de'Medici (1519-74). A fascinating exposition of male self-representation, Armour and Masculinity in the Italian Renaissance explores the significance of armour in early modern Italy as both cultural artefact and symbolic form."--Pub. desc
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 217-235) and index
Notes Includes some text in Italian
Description based on print version record
Subject Armor in art.
Armor, Renaissance -- Social aspects -- Italy.
Masculinity -- Italy -- History.
Italy -- Civilization -- 1268-1559.
Italy -- Intellectual life -- 1268-1559.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1442640553
144268576X (electronic bk.)
9781442685765 (electronic bk.)