Women Artists in the Early Modern Courts of Europe
Women Artists in the Early Modern Courts of Europe
c. 1450-1700
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1. Introduction: Women Artists in the Early Modern Courts of Europe, c. 1450–1700 (Tanja L. Jones)
2. Female Court Artists: Women’s Career Strategies in the Courts of theEarly Modern Period (Christina Strunck)
3. Caterina van Hemessen in the Habsburg Court of Mary of Hungary (Jennifer Courts)
4. Sofonisba Anguissola, a Painter and a Lady-in-Waiting (Cecilia Gamberini)
5. Creative Reproductions: Diana Mantuana and Printmaking at Court (Maria F. Maurer)
6. ‘Una persona dependente alla Serenissima Gran Duchessa’ : Female Embroiderers and Lacemakers between the courts of Florence and France (Adelina Modesti)
7. Life at Court: Luisa Roldan in Madrid 1689–1706 (Catherine Hall-van den Elsen)


Reviews and Features

"[...] the arguments advanced in this volume are uniformly interesting: they challenge the traditional analysis and understanding of early modern women as consumers and producers of visual and material culture, while offering new avenues of research—'pathways' of possibilities—into the study of early modern women at court."
- Catherine Powell-Warren, Comitatus, Vol. 53, 2022

"Women Artists in the Early Modern Courts of Europe (c. 1450–1700) is an ambitious volume covering new ground and presenting innovative ideas concerning women artists’ strategic career moves. It is an inspiration to others to continue the research and to dig deeper into the archives with the aim to rethink and revalue the history of women artists."
- Johanna Vernqvist, Renaissance and Reformation, Vol. 45, No. 2

Tanja L. Jones (ed.)

Women Artists in the Early Modern Courts of Europe

c. 1450-1700

Women Artists in the Early Modern Courts of Europe, c. 1450.1700 presents the first collection of essays dedicated to women as producers of visual and material culture in the Early Modern European courts, offering fresh insights into the careers of, among others, Caterina van Hemessen, Sofonisba Anguissola, Luisa Roldán, and Diana Mantuana. Also considered are groups of female makers, such as ladies-in-waiting at the seventeenth-century Medici court. Chapters address works by women who occupied a range of social and economic positions within and around the courts and across media, including paintings, sculpture, prints, and textiles. Both individually and collectively, the texts deepen understanding of the individual artists and courts highlighted and, more broadly, consider the variety of experiences of female makers across traditional geographic and chronological distinctions. The book is also accompanied by the Global Makers: Women Artists in the Early Modern Courts digital humanities project (www.globalmakers.ua.edu), extending and expanding the work begun here.

Tanja L. Jones

Tanja L. Jones is Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Alabama. Her research focuses on identity, gender, and mobility in Early Modern Italian courts. She has published extensively on Renaissance medals, is completing a monograph dedicated to Pisanello, and co-directs the Global Makers Project (www.globalmakers.ua.edu).