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Echoes of women's voices : music, art, and female patronage in early modern Florence

"Aristocratic women exerted unprecedented political and social influence in Florence throughout the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. During this period, convents flourished and female members of the powerful Medici family governed the city for the first and only time in its history. These women also helped shape the city's artistic life, commissioning works of music, art, and theater that were inscribed with their own concerns and aspirations. Echoes of Women's Voices examines the patronage of individuals and institutions that have remained, until now, largely neglected by scholars."
Print Book, English, 2006
University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 2006
Criticism, interpretation, etc
xvi, 378 pages, 4 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), music ; 24 cm
9780226316598, 0226316599
Modes of artistic communication and perception in early modern Florence
"A more than virile prudence" : Archduchess Maria Magdalena
Amazons of God : virgin martyr spectacles, 1621-25
"Una forte, magnanima, e generosa vedova" : Judith
"She hoped to see in the triumphs of religion the triumphs of her house" : epic-chivalric poems and the equestrian ballets
"Now it suits me to beseech" : end of the regency, end of a decade (1628-30)
"One of the most perfect unions of the spiritual and the temporal imaginable" : the Monastero di Santa Croce
"Queens of the Arno" : Medici princesses and the Crocetta
Appendix A. Female worthies depicted in lunette frescoes in the audience room, Villa Poggio Imperiale
Appendix B. Summary of Book 3 of the "Acts of Paul."