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In Your Face: Professional Improprieties and the Art of Being Conspicuous in Sixteenth-Century Italy

Douglas Biow


This book concentrates on the Renaissance concern with “self-fashioning” by examining how a group of Renaissance artists and writers encoded their own improprieties in their works of art. In the elitist court society of sixteenth-century Italy, where moderation, limitation, and discretion were generally held to be essential virtues, these men consistently sought to stand out and to underplay their conspicuousness at once. The heroes (or anti-heroes) of this book—Michelangelo Buonarroti, Benvenuto Cellini, Pietro Aretino, and Anton Francesco Doni—violated norms of decorum by promoting themselve ... More

Keywords: Italian Renaissance, Michelangelo Buonarroti, Benvenuto Cellini, Pietro Aretino, Anton Francesco Doni, sixteenth-century Italy, transgressive, insubordinate, artworks, conspicuousness

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780804762151
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804762151.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Douglas Biow, author