BARKER Sheila (dir.), Women Artists in Early Modern Italy : Careers, Fame, and Collectors, Turnhout, Brepols, 2016, 176 p.
Présentation de l’éditeur :
Enhancing our understanding of early Italian female painters including Sofonisba Anguissola and introducing new ones such as Costanza Francini and Lucrezia Quistelli, this volume studies women artists, their patrons, and their collectors, in order to trace the rise of the social phenomenon of the woman artist.
In ten chapters spanning two centuries, this collection of essays examines the relationships between women artists and their publics, both in early modern Italy as well as across Europe. Drawing upon archival evidence, these essays afford abundant documentary information about the diverse strategies that women found for carrying out their artistic careers, from Sofonisba Anguissola’s role as a lady-in-waiting at the court of Felipe II of Spain, to Lucrezia Quistelli’s avoidance of the Florentine market in favor of upholding the prestige of her family, to Costanza Francini’s preference for the steady but humble work of candle painting for a Florentine confraternity.
Diego Velasquez, Las Meninas, ca. 1656, huile sur toile toile, 318 x 276 cm, Madrid, museo nacional del Prado.
Type : colloque. Date du colloque : du 27 au 28 juin 2016. Lieu : Madrid, museo del Prado.
This congress approaches collecting in the Spanish Habsburg court from perspectives that have barely been explored before: the material conditions in which artworks were exhibited (how high they were hung, on what surfaces, with what types of lighting, frames and possible accompanying inscriptions), their accessibility (what could be seen by whom, when and in what circumstances; the existence of more and less restricted settings and the norms governing visits, including the exchange of gifts and the acquisition of copies) and lastly, the criteria underlying the association and collecting of works, as well as the people charged with such activities.
Directed by : Miguel Falomir. Associate Director of Research and Conservation, Museo del Prado. Organized by : Escuela del Prado.
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