Diana Mantovana: Renaissance Woman Descriptive Essay

Diana Mantovana: Renaissance Woman
Describes the life and work of the Italian renaissance artist Diana Mantovana, who was the first woman who had papal permission to sign and sell her own work.
# 128621 | 973 words | 12 sources | MLA | 2009 | US
Published on Jul 29, 2010 in Architecture (European) , Art (History)

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This paper provides a brief biography of Diana Mantovana, who was born into an artistic family and learned the art of copperplate engraving at an early age. The writer describes how her family and later her husband helped her with her skill, and how she cleverly won patrons and used her engravings to promote her husband's career in architecture. A strategic move to Rome brought her work to the attention of Pope Gregory XIII and she became the first woman to gain Papal Privilege, which allowed her to sign and market her own works. The paper concludes that in a time when women had very few, if any, freedoms, Diana Montavano broke through a few barriers, which was in itself a monumental feat and an important step towards the equal rights that women take for granted today.

From the Paper:

"Being the calculating woman she was, Diana came to Rome with a very useful literary reference from the Mantuan court. Most likely because of her father's ambition of family recognition, the nineteen year old Diana met with Giorgio Vasari (a Tuscan court artist) in 1566 while on his second visit to Mantua. Vasari was there to revise his most famous literary work called Lives. This meeting resulted in the first published notice of Diana as an engraver and because of the context in which Vasari mentioned her, Diana's name was linked publicly and forever to the heritage of Giulio Romano and the fame of Mantuan court art."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Renaissance Quarterly, 1997 Winter. Evelyn Lincoln "Making a good impression: Diana Mantuana's printmaking career"
  • Incisori mantovani del'500, Istituto Nazionale per la Grafica-Calcografia, Rome, Italy (1980-1981)
  • CLARA: Database of woman artists (clara.nmwa.org)
  • Chorelnet.org (artist blog site)
  • Print Quarterly Volume 13, 1991. Page 140

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