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The Art of Inventing Matilda of Canossa


Abstract Matilda of Canossa (1046 to 1115), the Great Countess of Tuscany, was a noblewoman, a warrior, and a papal supporter who later generations adapted to satisfy a variety of cultural and ideological interests. Matilda's life as a ruler was amplified over the following five hundred years in an avalanche of words and images that served many purposes. This thesis considers the art produced during her lifetime in the context of disputes over papal authority, as well as art produced about Matilda subsequently. The study includes a discussion of her appearance in Dante's Comedy; her importance to Florentine artists such as Sandro Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, and Michelangelo Buonarroti in the 16th century; and concludes with the significan... (more)
Created Date 2012
Contributor Smith, Rachel Vermiglio (Author) / Sweeney, J. Gray (Advisor) / Serwint, Nancy (Committee member) / Vitullo, Juliann (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Art history
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 107 pages
Language English
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Note M.A. Art History 2012
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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