Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 20265
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Tomas , Natalie.
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  • Title: Did Women Have a Space? [The author briefly surveys the kinds of activities in which Florentine women took part. Given the gendered expectations of fathers and husbands based on religious beliefs and concerns with family honor, young and married women from privileged families mostly stayed at home. But this situation is further complicated by palaces being used for politics and business. Furthermore marriages were part of family strategies, and mothers of brides and grooms often took an active role in the considerations. Women from powerful families like Lucrezia Tornabuoni of the Medici, used their patron-client relationships to help the deserving and promote their families. Title note supplied by Feminae.].
  • Source: Renaissance Florence: A Social History.  Edited by Roger J. Crum and John T. Paoletti.  Cambridge University Press, 2006.  Pages 311 - 328.
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  • Article Type: Essay
  • Subject (See Also): Domestic Space Elite Women Florence Gender Honor Politics Private Sphere and Public Sphere Social Class
  • Geographic Area: Italy
  • Century: 14- 15- 16
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  • Illustrations: Two Illustrations. Figure One Anonymous, Profile Portrait of a Lady, circa 1475, Florentine, tempera and oil on wood panel (Melbourne, National Gallery of Victoria). Figure Two Anonymous, Savonarola Preaching in the Cathedral of Florence, circa 1495, drawing from Gustave Gruyer, "Les Illustrations des écrits de Jérôme Savonarole et les paroles de Savonarole sur l'art," Paris, 1879.
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  • Year of Publication: 2006.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 0521846936
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