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Battista Sforza, Countess of Urbino:A privileged status in Motherhood

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Show simple item record Hoysted, Elaine 2019-09-05T07:52:28Z 2019-09-05T07:52:28Z 2012-04
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract This paper will examine the posthumous representation of Battista Sforza, countess of the court of Urbino during the last quarter of the fifteenth century. Battista died of pneumonia as a result of complications after childbirth. With her final pregnancy, the countess produced a son, the sole heir to his father’s name and power. The birth of Guidobaldo and Battista’s success in securing the continuation of the Montefeltro lineage, name and rule clearly influenced the count’s decision to commemorate his wife through numerous art works which were commissioned shortly after her death and can be considered as unusual within the context of this period. Through the successful delivery of a male heir, Battista received a privileged posthumous position within her conjugal family. This thesis stems from an argument made by David Herlihy in which he states that due to motherhood, Renaissance Italian women were elevated in status. Of particular importance to the discussion of the high regard which Battista achieved posthumously is the creation of the myth to explain both the significance of her son’s delivery as well as the divine assistance given to her to conceive the child. This paper will examine two art works commemorating the countess, Justus Van Ghent’s Communion of the Apostles and Piero della Francesca’s Diptych of Federico da Montefeltro and Battista Sforza. As will become apparent through the examination of the visual evidence, the images can be separated into two categories; those intended for an ecclesiastical location and those designated to be displayed within the secular environment. The division of locations for the art works reflects the double persona of a consort; as a wife and mother and as a capable ruler in her husband’s absence. en_US
dc.language eng
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Department of Sociology, University of Limerick en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Socheolas;4(1), pp.100-116
dc.subject Sociology en_US
dc.subject name and wealth en_US
dc.subject heir en_US
dc.title Battista Sforza, Countess of Urbino:A privileged status in Motherhood en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US

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