Doorways to the Demonic and Divine: Visions of Santa Francesca Romana and the Frescoes of Tor de'Specchi

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Title
Doorways to the Demonic and Divine: Visions of Santa Francesca Romana and the Frescoes of Tor de'Specchi
Contributors
Scanlan, Suzanne M (creator)
Lincoln, Evelyn (Director)
Bonde, Sheila (Reader)
Castiglione, Caroline (Reader)
Brown University. History of Art and Architecture (sponsor)
Doi
10.7301/Z0J38QRN
Copyright Date
2010
Abstract
The noblewomen-turned-oblates who commissioned the impressive body of imagery at Tor de'Specchi were at once pious servants of God and savvy consumers of art, reflecting their liminal status as residents of a monastic community and also as active participants in Roman society. The expansive cycles of their convent embody many of the ambiguities and paradoxes of late-medieval piety. The oblates' theatre of Francesca's demonic visions helps us to initiate a conversation about how early modern women taught themselves to picture the Devil as a real and ever-present force to be vanquished, expanding our idea of images made at the behest of religious women to include the parochial communities of fifteenth-century Rome.
Keywords
Francesca Romana
demons
quattrocento Rome
art history
pinzochere
women's monasticism
Visions
Demonology
Notes
Thesis (Ph.D. -- Brown University (2010)
Extent
xvii, 290 p.

Citation

Scanlan, Suzanne M., "Doorways to the Demonic and Divine: Visions of Santa Francesca Romana and the Frescoes of Tor de'Specchi" (2010). History of Art and Architecture Theses and Dissertations. Brown Digital Repository. Brown University Library. https://doi.org/10.7301/Z0J38QRN

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