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Art and Piety in the Female Religious Communities of Renaissance Italy
Iconography, Space and the Religious Woman's Perspective

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  • Date Published: October 2003
  • availability: Unavailable - out of print June 2012
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521811880

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  • Art and Piety in the Female Religious Communities of Renaissance Italy is the first systematic study of the function, character, and commissions of art created for and used in conventual communities. Anabel Thomas challenges the received assumptions about art works in religious establishments populated by women, among them, that such communities contained few works of art; that these works did not have gender-specific qualities; and that religious women played no role in commissioning such imagery or in influencing its design and purpose. Through case studies, she establishes that artistic imagery did figure prominently in conventual communities and she also identifies its various institutional roles. Based on archival findings that are published here for the first time, Thomas's groundbreaking study contributes to a growing literature that reexamines the role and influence of gender on religious imagery in the early modern period.

    • Original archival research showing significance of art in female religious communities
    • Challenges conventual wisdom that art had little or no place in such institutions
    • Focuses on women's perspectives and its influence on the nature of art and its institutional role
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    '… this [is an] ambitious and, in many ways, groundbreaking study … This is a meticulously argued and much-needed study … blazons a path for future research …'. The Art Book

    '… Thomas' ground-breaking study indisputably makes a significant and lasting contribution to the history of Italian religious art and architecture: the specific case studies are illuminating, the focus on gender refreshing, and the ambitious account of religious and visual experiences intriguing.' Oxford Art Journal

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2003
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521811880
    • length: 430 pages
    • dimensions: 285 x 225 x 32 mm
    • weight: 1.65kg
    • contains: 93 b/w illus. 12 colour illus.
    • availability: Unavailable - out of print June 2012
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. The Social Function of the Institution:
    1. Partial and impartial evidence
    2. Female religious communities characterized
    3. Issues of gender: an Augustinian view
    Part II. The Spatial Dimension:
    4. The architectural development of the conventual complex
    5. Plans - distinctions drawn in space
    6. Inventories and conventual chronicles - art recorded in space
    7. Visual distinctions and the demarcation of space
    Part III. Art and Space:
    8. Distinctive imagery in the private and public sphere
    9. Franciscan tertiaries (i)
    10. Franciscan tertiaries (ii)
    11. Tracking change in conventual imagery: images relocated and altered
    12. Re-assessment of conventual imagery: role of suppression documents
    Part IV:
    13. The politics of display
    14. A Dominican angle: San Domenico del Maglio in Florence
    15. Varying degrees of emphasis on titular saints
    16. The nature of gaze
    17. Hierarchies within the establishment: San Niccolò in Prato
    18. The resonance of time and experience: varying patterns of behaviour
    19. Communication
    Part V. Perspectives on Conventual Patronage:
    20. Commissioning bodies: insiders, outsiders and less familiar asides
    21. Frameworks of association.

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    Anabel Thomas

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