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Heroines, Harpies, and Housewives: Imaging Women of Consequence in the Dutch Golden Age (Brill's Studies in Intellectual History / Brill's Studies on #312) (Hardcover)

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In Heroines, Harpies, and Housewives, Martha Moffitt Peacock provides a novel interpretive approach to the artistic practice of Imaging Women of Consequence in the Dutch Golden Age. From the beginnings of the new Republic, visual celebrations of famous heroines who crossed gender boundaries by fighting in the Revolt against Spain or by distinguishing themselves in arts and letters became an essential and significant cultural tradition that reverberated throughout the long seventeenth century. This collective memory of consequential heroines who equaled, or outshone, men is frequently reflected in empowering representations of other female archetypes: authoritative harpies and noble housewives. Such enabling imagery helped in the structuring of gender norms that positively advanced a powerful female identity in Dutch society.

About the Author


Martha Moffitt Peacock is Professor of Art History and Curatorial Studies at Brigham Young University. She has recently published "The Maid of Holland and Her Heroic Heiresses" in Women and Gender in the Early Modern Low Countries, 1500-1750 (Brill, 2019).
Product Details
ISBN: 9789004399037
ISBN-10: 9004399038
Publisher: Brill
Publication Date: August 20th, 2020
Pages: 506
Language: English
Series: Brill's Studies in Intellectual History / Brill's Studies on