The Italian Cultural Foundation, 79 Howard Ave, Staten Island, NY 10301
The Italian Renaissance society was eager to display its wealth, prestige and economic and political standing. Nobility and rich merchants engaged painters, poets and musicians to embellish their palaces and houses with art and culture. Famous artists immortalized their patrons in numerous paintings also portraying the beauty and fashion of their women. Lorenzo the Magnificent described the ideal beauty of Italian Renaissance as a woman: “In all her movements she is elegant and attractive. She dressed in those fashions which suited noble and gentle lady.”
This presentation with slides, divided in two parts, will address art, fashion and the woman’s role in society during the Renaissance period in Italy. Special attention will be given to women’s portraits depicting the richness of their garments, made of expensive lace, velvet, silk, brocade in brilliant colors, intricate design and embroidered with gold and silver thread. Together with their jewels: lavish necklaces, bracelets, rings, earrings and pendants made of pearls and precious stones which proclaimed the social and financial status of the most influential families of the time. Several visual examples of paintings by famous Italian artists such as Bronzino, Sofonisba Anguissola, Leonardo da Vinci and Raffaello will be shown in support and to explain these features.