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By Alice E. Sanger

paintings, Gender and spiritual Devotion in Grand Ducal Tuscany makes a speciality of the intersection of the visible and the sacred on the Medici courtroom of the later 16th to early 17th centuries on the subject of problems with gender. via a chain of case stories rigorously selected to focus on key roles and key interventions of Medici girls, this e-book embraces the variety in their actions, from their public appearances on the centre of processionals similar to the bridal entrata, to the commissioning and amassing of paintings items and the overseeing of architectural tasks, to an array of alternative actions to which those girls utilized themselves with specific strength and energy: general and exact devotions, visits to church buildings and convents, pilgrimages and relic amassing. Positing Medici women’s patronage as a community of devotional, entrepreneurial and cultural actions that trusted seeing and being visible, Alice E. Sanger examines the categorical non secular context during which the Medici grand duchesses operated, arguing that those buyers’ cultural pursuits spoke back not just to aesthetic issues and the calls for of non-public religion, but in addition to dynastic pursuits, problems with management and authority, and the wishes of Catholic reform. by means of analyzing the spiritual dimensions of the grand duchesses' artwork patronage and amassing actions along their visually resonant devotional and public acts, Sanger provides a brand new measurement to the present scholarship on Medici women’s patronage.

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