Title

An Ace up Her Sleeve: Leonardo’s Ginevra de’ Benci

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The High Renaissance in Italy was a time of rebirth that focused on exhibiting the idealistic qualities of humanity. However, patriarchy still reigned supreme in society. It was not until a unique portrait, Ginevra de’ Benci, painted by none other than Leonardo da Vinci, shifted away from traditional characteristics of female portraiture. What’s more interesting is the patron hailed from Venice, a city with records that support the rise of a feminist movement. This essay argues that this painting opened the door towards modern feminism by investigating Venetian literature and how it could have influenced the portrait’s patron, Bernardo Bembo.

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Mentor: Dr. Anne H. Muraoka

Location

Learning Commons @ Perry Library, Room 1306

Start Date

18-2-2017 9:00 AM

End Date

18-2-2017 10:00 AM

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An Ace up Her Sleeve: Leonardo’s Ginevra de’ Benci

Learning Commons @ Perry Library, Room 1306

The High Renaissance in Italy was a time of rebirth that focused on exhibiting the idealistic qualities of humanity. However, patriarchy still reigned supreme in society. It was not until a unique portrait, Ginevra de’ Benci, painted by none other than Leonardo da Vinci, shifted away from traditional characteristics of female portraiture. What’s more interesting is the patron hailed from Venice, a city with records that support the rise of a feminist movement. This essay argues that this painting opened the door towards modern feminism by investigating Venetian literature and how it could have influenced the portrait’s patron, Bernardo Bembo.