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Author: Yael Even

Title: The Emergence of Sexual Violence in Quattrocento Florentine Art

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Journal: Fifteenth-Century Studies

Volume: 27

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Year: 2001

Pages: 113-128

ISSN: 0164-0933 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: Medieval History: 15th Century | European History: Italian History | Representations: Art / 15th-Century Art



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Author: Yael Even, Department of Art and Art History, University of Missouri at St. Louis

Abstract: »On the other hand, violence was the desirable norm for male (noble) heroes; sexual violence was idealized in the European renaissance culture, as attested by illustrations of rape and abductions, according to Yael Even. Italian panel- und fresco paintings glorified male protagonists and virtuous female victims as portrayed in scenes reflecting classical or biblical episodes of history and/or mythology; however, such depictions of sexual violence were toned down during the quattrocento, while they became explicit in the 1500s. Judith, as female executioner of Holofernes, showed female virtue and power, as Carol Janson proved. In addition, Even demonstrated how the violently explicit characteristics of the thirteenth-c. Fortitudes, inside and outside San Marco (Venice), evolved into the more peaceful and even placid traits of Jacobello del Fiore's fifteenth-c. Enthroned Justice, an image associated with both Venice and Mary as the Seat of Wisdom.« (Source: Edelgard E. DuBruck. »Preface.« Fifteenth-Century Studies 27, 2001: xii)

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