For centuries the depiction of women was kept within the confines of religious, and moral, ideological imagery until the Italian Renaissance swept up the fifteenth century to enhance and entrance the majority of the elite classes in Europe. Christianity had hindered female progress with images that encompassed the traditional values of being a woman while … More Women in Renaissance Portraiture (Extended Edition)
Once again, I have found myself revisiting some old research. You may know already that around 2010 I was particularly keen on the Renaissance – repressed art historian at the core, what could you expect? Having spent some time analysing the different Italian factions of this period, I came across Buckhardt – as you should … More Revisiting Burckhardt’s Italian Despot – The Este and Borgia Families
Last month, my family and I visited the city of Florence. I had been wanting to visit the city ever since I wrote an essay on one of the most important and dramatic events of Florentine history and having spent many months researching it, I was interested in visiting the places where it took place. … More The Pazzi Conspiracy.
In the past, it seems to have been more common for demonology to be associated with women. This can be seen in the later Medieval period where women were seen as more prone to witchcraft than men. This is based on traditional beliefs of what was perceived as basic female nature, much of it being … More Women in Renaissance Portraiture
A warm welcome to: ‘My favourite wonders of Italy blog!’ During the summer of 2014 I was lucky enough to explore a land renowned for its history and beauty, Italy. This post will count down my favourite wonders of Historical Italy and feature the conventional familiarities of Italy and the added novelty! The balcony of … More My favourite wonders of Historical Italy
For culture month I figured I would introduce a lesser known painter in the swirl of famous and erudite men who populated the courts of Renaissance Italy with their masterpieces. The most well-known court painters of this era range from the astute Leonardo da Vinci, intricate Jan van Eyck and the marvel Hans Holbein. But … More A Renaissance Court Painter