Women in Italian Renaissance art

Gender, representation, identity

By Paola Tinagli

Women in Italian Renaissance art

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-4054-2
  • Pages: 208
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £18.99
  • Published Date: April 1997
  • BIC Category: The arts / History of art / art & design styles, Society & social sciences / Gender studies: women, ART / History / General, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women's Studies, History of art, Art History


This richly illustrated books tells the story of the different ways in which women were represented in Italian Renaissance painting. It is clearly arranged into four distinct areas that relate to the function of the art work: marriage furniture, portraiture, the nude and depictions of female saints. Uncovering the many layers of meaning hidden in the iconography of these paintings, the book reintroduces us to the cultural context in which the artists operated, providing interesting new readings of well-known works by Raphael, Leonardo and Titian, among others.


1 Women, men and society: painted marriage furniture
2 Profile portraits in the Quattrocento: cirtue and status
3 Portraits 1480-1560: beauty and power
4 Female nudes in Renaissance art
5 The cult of female saints: images of devotion and exempla


Paola Tinagli is Lecturer in the History of Art and Design in the Department of the Humanities, Edinburgh College of Art

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