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Manifesting masculinities in Central Italian Renaissance art: Artistic theory and representations of the male body. Preston W. Bautista

Manifesting masculinities in Central Italian Renaissance art: Artistic theory and representations of the male body.

Preston W. Bautista

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This dissertation examines the intersection of Central Italian Renaissance art works and texts to understand shifts in representations of the male body from the dawn of the Renaissance to the Counter-Reformation. I identify three paradigms ofMoreThis dissertation examines the intersection of Central Italian Renaissance art works and texts to understand shifts in representations of the male body from the dawn of the Renaissance to the Counter-Reformation. I identify three paradigms of masculinity that appeared as a result of changes in the sexual, political, artistic, and religious climates of the Cinquecento: the Machiavellian Hero, the Hermaphroditic Deviant, and the Emasculated Prophet. Analyzing the relationship of images and texts such as Nicolo Machiavallis The Prince (written c. 1512, printed 1532), Baldassare Castigliones Book of the Courtier (1528), Giorgio Vasaris Lives of the Painters, Sculptors and Architects (1550), among others, demonstrates how each of these paradigms corresponded to art-theoretical precepts -- disegno, grazia, and decoro. The multiple values and expectations implied in the word masculinity and transitions in the meanings embodied by the male form necessitated the development of these three ideals.