Women, Art and Observant Franciscan Piety

Caterina Vigri and the Poor Clares in Early Modern Ferrara

Kathleen Giles Arthur

Women, Art and Observant Franciscan Piety

Kathleen Giles Arthur

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

264 pages | 8 color plates, 59 halftones, 6 line drawings | 6 3/4 x 9 1/2 | © 2018
Cloth $115.00 ISBN: 9789462984332 Will Publish May 2018 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
The Poor Clares convent of Corpus Domini was the first home of Saint Catherine of Bologna, but after her departure, the convent reinvented itself as a noblewomen’s retreat. In doing so, it transformed ideals of poverty, humility and women’s education. This book, grounded in archival research and close examination of artworks from the convent, explores the visual culture and social history of an early modern Franciscan women’s community. Its careful analysis yields new insights into the changing role of the community in the d’Este political and civic spheres.
 
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