By Alice E. Sanger

artwork, Gender and non secular Devotion in Grand Ducal Tuscany makes a speciality of the intersection of the visible and the sacred on the Medici court docket of the later 16th to early 17th centuries with regards to problems with gender. via a chain of case stories conscientiously selected to spotlight key roles and key interventions of Medici girls, this publication embraces the variety in their actions, from their public appearances on the centre of processionals similar to the bridal entrata, to the commissioning and amassing of paintings items and the overseeing of architectural initiatives, to an array of alternative actions to which those girls utilized themselves with specific strength and energy: ordinary and detailed devotions, visits to church buildings and convents, pilgrimages and relic amassing. Positing Medici women’s patronage as a community of devotional, entrepreneurial and cultural actions that relied on seeing and being noticeable, Alice E. Sanger examines the explicit non secular context during which the Medici grand duchesses operated, arguing that those buyers’ cultural pursuits spoke back not just to aesthetic matters and the calls for of private religion, but additionally to dynastic pursuits, problems with management and authority, and the desires of Catholic reform. by way of reading the spiritual dimensions of the grand duchesses' paintings patronage and gathering actions along their visually resonant devotional and public acts, Sanger provides a brand new measurement to the present scholarship on Medici women’s patronage.

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