Fashion and Masculinity in Renaissance Florence by Elizabeth Currie

By Elizabeth Currie

gown turned a checking out floor for masculine beliefs in Renaissance Italy. With the institution of the ducal regime in Florence in 1530, there has been expanding debate approximately easy methods to be a nobleman. was once stylish garments an indication of beauty or a resource of mockery? was once the smooth courtier virile or effeminate? How may well a guy costume for courtroom with no bankrupting himself? This e-book explores the total tale of garments, from the tailor's workshop to outstanding courtroom festivities, to teach how the male the Aristocracy in a single of Italy's major cloth creation facilities used their appearances to undertaking social, sexual, identities.

Sixteenth-century male type is frequently linked to swagger and ostentation yet this ebook exhibits that Florentine garments mirrored manhood at a far deeper point, speaking a really Italian spectrum of male virtues and vices, from honor, braveness, and reticence to luxurious and extra. Situating costume on the middle of identification formation, Currie lines those codes via an array of resources, together with unpublished archival documents, surviving clothing, portraiture, poetry, and private correspondence among the Medici and their courtiers.

Addressing vital subject matters similar to gender, politics, and intake, Fashion and Masculinity in Renaissance Florence sheds clean mild at the sartorial tradition of the Florentine court docket and Italy as a whole.

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