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In the Courts of Religious Ladies: Art, Vision, and Pleasure in Italian Renaissance Convents

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"This fascinating study considers the poetic and mythological artworks made for elite female monastic communities in Renaissance Italy. Nuns from the patrician class, who often disregarded obligations of austerity and poverty, commissioned sensually appealing, richly made artifacts inspired by contemporary courtly culture. The works of art transformed monastic parlors, abbatial apartments, and nuns' cells into ornate settings, thereby enriching and complicating the opposition of religious and worldly spheres. This ...

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In the Courts of Religious Ladies: Art, Vision, and Pleasure in Italian Renaissance Convents
2016, Yale University Press, New Haven

ISBN-13: 9780300214239

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