Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 6818
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Sydie , R.A.
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  • Title: The Phallocentric Gaze: Leon Battista Alberti and Visual Art
  • Source: Journal of Historical Sociology 10, 3 (September 1997): Pages 310 - 341.
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  • Article Type: Journal Article
  • Subject (See Also): Alberti, Leon Battista, Humanist- Della Pittura Art History- General Art History- Painting Florence Gender Humanism Misogyny Patriarchy Perspective
  • Geographic Area: Italy
  • Century: 15
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  • Abstract: Two questions are addressed: Why did Alberti promote the crafts of painting, sculpture and architecture as liberal arts? How did this contribute to the misogynist nature of fine art theory and practice? The answers proposed are, first, Alberti's promotion was a valuable form of symbolic capital that gave him an innovative route to influence and status with powerful patrons. Secondly, the misogynist contribution was a consequence of a particular approach to perspective in conjunction with a gendered understanding of the artistic 'eye.' Both answers are anchored in the patriarchal culture of fifteenth-century Florence. [Reproduced by permission of Blackwell Publishers at http://www.blackwellpublishers.co.uk].
  • Author's Affiliation: University of Alberta
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  • Year of Publication: 1997.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 09521909
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