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Author Rocco, Patricia. author.

Title The devout hand : women, virtue, and visual culture in early modern Italy / Patricia Rocco
Published Montreal ; Kingston ; London ; Chicago : McGill-Queen's University Press, [2017]


Description 1 online resource (ix, 278 pages) : illustrations
Series desLibris. Books collection
Contents Machine generated contents note: 1. Bologna as Exemplary Counter-Reformation City: An Intellectual History of the City and Its Scholars -- 2. Tridentine Visual Reform in Paleotti's Discorso: the Modes of the Artefice Cristiano in Theory and Practice -- 3. Stitching for Virtue: Women's Work in Embroidery for the Conservatori of Bologna -- 4. Felsina Pittrice: Elisabetta Sirani, Her Students and Circle, and the Maniera Devota -- 5. Veronica Fontana and Giuseppe Maria Mitelli: Prints, Piety, and Science in the Work of Sirani's Students and Colleagues
Summary "After the Counter-Reformation, the Papal State of Bologna became a hub for the flourishing of female artistic talent. The eighteenth-century biographer Luigi Crespi recorded twenty-three women artists working in the city, although many of these, until recently, were lost and ignored by modern art criticism, despite the fame they attained during their lifetimes. What were the factors that contributed to Bologna's unique confluence of women with art, science, and religion? The Devout Hand explores the work of two generations of Italian women artists in Bologna, from Lavinia Fontana (1552-1614), whose career emerged during the aftermath of the Counter -Reformation, to her brilliant successor, Elisabetta Sirani (1638-1665), who organized the first school for women artists. Patricia Rocco further sheds light on Sirani's students and colleagues, including the little-known engraver Veronica Fontana and the innovative but understudied etcher Giuseppe Maria Mitelli. Combining analysis of iconography, patronage, gender, and reception studies, Rocco integrates painting, popular prints, book illustration, and embroidery to open a wider lens onto the relationship between women, virtue, and the visual arts during a period of religious crisis. A reminder of the lasting power of images, The Devout Hand highlights women's active role in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Christian reform and artistic production."-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (JSTOR, viewed on January 3, 2020)
Subject Art, Italian -- Italy -- Bologna -- 16th century
Art, Italian -- Italy -- Bologna -- 17th century
Women artists -- Italy -- Bologna -- History -- 16th century
Women artists -- Italy -- Bologna -- History -- 17th century
Women artists -- Italy -- Bologna -- Intellectual life -- 16th century
Women artists -- Italy -- Bologna -- Intellectual life -- 17th century
ART -- History -- General.
ART -- European.
Art, Italian.
Intellectual life.
Women artists.
SUBJECT Bologna (Italy) -- Intellectual life -- 16th century
Bologna (Italy) -- Intellectual life -- 17th century
Bologna (Italy) -- History -- Papal rule, 1506-1797.
Subject Italy -- Bologna.
Genre/Form Electronic books
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2017433192
ISBN 9780773552197