Armour and Masculinity in the Italian Renaissance

Armour and Masculinity in the Italian Renaissance

eBook - 2010
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"During the Italian Wars of 1494 to 1559, with innovations in military technology and tactics, armour began to disappear from the battlefield. Yet as field armour was retired, parade and ceremonial armour grew increasingly flamboyant. Displaced from its utilitarian function of defense but retained for symbolic uses, armour evolved in a new direction as a medium of artistic expression.
Luxury armour became a chief accessory in the performance of elite male identity, coded with messages regarding the owner's social status, genealogy, and political alliances. Carolyn Springer decodes Renaissance armour as three-dimensional portraits through the case studies of three patrons of luxury armourers, Guidobaldo II della Rovere (1514-75), Charles V Habsburg (1500-58 and Holy Roman Emperor from 1519-56), and Cosimo I de'Medici (1519-74). A fascinating exposition of male self-representation, Armour and Masculinity in the Italian Renaissance explores the significance of armour in early modern Italy as both cultural artefact and symbolic form."--Pub. desc.
Publisher: Toronto ; Buffalo : University of Toronto Press, ©2010
ISBN: 9781442685765
144268576X
9781442640559
1442640553
9781442626171
1442626178
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xii, 241 pages) : illustrations, portraits

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