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Echoes of Women’s Voices: Music, Art, and Female Patronage in Early Modern Florence

August 11, 2006

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Kelley Harness ‘82 combines exceptional archival research with telling analysis of significant examples of music, art, and drama to challenge the prevailing view that Florence saw a political and artistic decline during the late 16th and early 17th centuries. She argues convincingly that the female domination of these years brought forth artistic patronage that was both continuous and well-conceived.

University of Chicago Press, 2006. 408 pages. $45.

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