Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 2737
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Gill , Katherine.
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  • Title: Open Monasteries for Women in Late Medieval and Early Modern Italy: Two Roman Examples [The author examines the cases of the oblates of Tor de' Specchi (a community of religious lay women gathered around Francesca Bussa dei Ponziani in Rome) and the "pinzochere" associated with the church of Sant'Agostino in Rome. Gill argues that the success of these informal religious communities in Italy was associated in part with the opportunities they offered women to play a variety of social roles. Title note supplied by Feminae.].
  • Source: The Crannied Wall: Women, Religion, and the Arts in Early Modern Europe.  Edited by Craig A. Monson.  University of Michigan Press, 1992.  Pages 15 - 47.
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  • Article Type: Essay
  • Subject (See Also): Francesca Bussa dei Ponziani, Saint Lay Piety Monasticism Monica, Saint and Mother of Augustine, Bishop of Hippo, Saint Oblates of Tor de' Specchi, a Group of Penitent Women Penitents Recluses Rome Women in Religion
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  • Geographic Area: Italy
  • Century: 15
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  • Illustrations: Three figures. Figure One Anti-Catholic representation of "pinzochere" with the faces of wolves, detail from the "Mappe monde nouvelle papistique (Geneva, 1566-1567). Figure Two Roman School, Saint Francesca Bussa dei Ponziani clothed by the Virgin, painting, circa 1455 (New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Robert Lehman Collection, 1975 [1975.1.100].). Figure Three Attributed to Mino da Fiesole, Tomb of Costanza Ammanati, died 1477 (Rome, Palazzo dell'Avvocatura Generale (formerly the cloister of Sant' Agostino).
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  • Author's Affiliation: Divinity School, Yale University
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  • Year of Publication: 1992.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 0472102710