Painting Women: Cosmetics, Canvases, and Early Modern Culture

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This original analysis of the representation and self-representation of women in literature and visual arts revolves around multiple early modern senses of "painting": the creation of visual art in the form of paint on canvas and the use of cosmetics to paint women's bodies. Situating her study in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Italy, France, and England, Patricia Phillippy brings together three distinct actors: women who paint themselves with cosmetics, women who paint on canvas, and women and men who paint women—either with pigment or with words.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBaltimore and London
PublisherJohns Hopkins University Press
Number of pages258
ISBN (Electronic)9781421429212
ISBN (Print)9781421427706
Publication statusPublished - 2005


  • early modern women's writing
  • early modern women's painting
  • Renaissance cosmetics
  • portaiture
  • visual culture
  • material culture

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