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2017

University of Colorado, Boulder

Lavinia Fontana

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Full-Text Articles in Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque Art and Architecture

Identity Expressed Through Italian Renaissance Self-Portraiture: A Female Perspective, Jennifer Modzel Jan 2017

Identity Expressed Through Italian Renaissance Self-Portraiture: A Female Perspective, Jennifer Modzel

Undergraduate Honors Theses

The main goal of this research is to discuss how female painters identified themselves during the changing times of the early modern period in Italy and how they expressed themselves in their self-portraiture. This discussion will be carried out in juxtaposition to what their male contemporaries were creating and accounts published by early art historians. The specific examples of autonomous portraiture I will examine will help strengthen the argument that these women artists were aware of their somewhat unique position during this period. They utilized conventions of the genre to subtly assert themselves as talented, successful artists without attracting unwanted ...