Christine de Pizan's Legacy to the Renaissance

Susan Groag Bell

in The Lost Tapestries of the City of Ladies

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2004 | ISBN: 9780520234109
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520928787 | DOI:
Christine de Pizan's Legacy to the Renaissance

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This chapter discusses the legacy of Christine de Pizan's life and creative career during the Renaissance. Books must be read; music must be heard; paintings and tapestries must be seen and appreciated. Art requires an audience, and one must therefore contemplates the audience in addition to meditating upon the artist or the work of art. It was as important to understand the context and the function of these tapestries as to be able to visualize their beauty. These considerations constitute one important reason for tracing the existence of these elusive City of Ladies tapestries, but there are more. First and foremost these tapestries anchored de Pizan's legacy to the world of culture for some two hundred years after her death. Second, at a time of outstanding Flemish creativity, de Pizan's Book of the City of Ladies offered not only fresh but in many ways unprecedented subject matter for tapestries, which had hitherto been unexplored.

Keywords: legacy; Christine de Pizan; Renaissance; tapestries; audience; Book of the City of Ladies; culture

Chapter.  6182 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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