Barbara Longhi of Ravenna: Art, Grace and Piety
This book provides new impetus to the study of female art in regional areas. It will expand research beyond studies of women’s lives, careers, socio-political patronage, and specific gender issues to look at emblematic, historical, and spiritual aspects of their work. Through an analysis of the paintings of Barbara Longhi, the book reveals the importance of devotional art and the ample creativity of female painters. It highlights the importance of Longhi’s artistic contribution in the study of iconography and iconology on art and devotion in some of her paintings. Although there is limited information about her personal life, through the records of her two Wills and Testaments, we learn about her administrative ability, family dedication, and, most of all, about her Christian religiosity and devotion to the Virgin Mary (La Madonna).
Liana De Girolami Cheney is Professor of Art History Emerita at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and Visiting Researcher in Art History at the University of Aldo Moro Bari, Italy. She received her MA in Art History and Aesthetics from the University of Miami and her PhD in Italian Renaissance and Baroque Art from Boston University in Massachusetts. She is a Renaissance and Mannerist scholar and author and coauthor of numerous books and articles, including Botticelli’s Neoplatonic Images; Giorgio Vasari’s Teachers: Sacred and Profane Art; Giorgio Vasari’s Prefaces: Art and Theory; Giorgio Vasari’s Artistic and Emblematic Manifestations; Giuseppe Arcimboldo; Agnolo Bronzino: The Muse of Florence; Self-Portraits by Women Painters; and Lavinia Fontana: Mythological: Art, Beauty, and Wisdom, among others.
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