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Elisabetta Sirani (Illuminating Women Artists)


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Elisabetta Sirani (1638 - 1665) - painter, printmaker, and teacher - was one of the most innovative and prolific artists of the Bolognese school. The daughter of a painter, she hailed from a city whose university was believed to have had educated women since the Middle Ages and that celebrated the cult of Saint Catherine of Bologna, who was known for her skill as a painter and illuminator - ideal conditions to encourage the training and patronage of skilled women artists.

Gorgeously illustrated throughout, this book focuses on women’s agency. More specifically, it explores Sirani’s identity as both a woman and an artist, including her professional ambition, self-fashioning, and literary construction as Bologna’s preeminent cultural heroine.

Author: Adelina Modesti
Pages: 144
Dimension: 7.5 x 0.8 x 9.88 inches


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