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Cassone Painting, Humanism and Gender in Early Modern Italy

Cassone Painting, Humanism and Gender in Early Modern Italy

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Part of Cambridge Studies in New Art History and Criticism

  • Date Published: November 1998
  • availability: Unavailable - out of print August 2007
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521583930

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  • Overlooked in traditional studies of Italian art, cassone painting was nonetheless a popular genre in Early Renaissance Tuscany. In this study, Cristelle Baskins questions the traditional readings of these decorated chests as merely didactic or moralizing. She argues that the pieces performed an important role in the socialization and gender formation of women during the Renaissance. She demonstrates that cassone, which invariably depict exemplary women from classical mythology, invited a range of responses, ranging from coercion to pleasure.

    • Focuses attention on domestic/secular art (often unrepresented in the history of Italian Renaissance art)
    • Uses gender studies as a means of re-reading Renaissance Humanist texts and images
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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 1998
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521583930
    • length: 278 pages
    • dimensions: 263 x 186 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.95kg
    • contains: 64 b/w illus.
    • availability: Unavailable - out of print August 2007
  • Table of Contents

    Object lessons: a cassone in the Della Famiglia
    1. Le Nozze di Emilia: Amazons, armed and beautiful
    2. Dido: taking the gold out of Carthage
    3. Camilla: Filialogy and the family romance
    4. Hersilia and the sabine women: Piece-making
    5. Lucretia: dangerous familiars
    6. Virginia/Virginius: her body, himself.

  • Author

    Cristelle L. Baskins, Tufts University, Massachusetts

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