Firstly, I want to wish everyone a very happy new year. Let’s hope 2015 is a great year for everyone! Starting the Renaissance Mothers blog last year was one of my goals for 2014 and wow has the year gone by so quickly!! As a second year PhD student who often feels like a rabbit stuck in headlights, the blog has been a great way for me to write about what I love (even when I was suffering from writer’s block in my PhD research!). One of my goals for 2015 is to write more posts for my blog and to raise awareness of the plethora of images of Renaissance women and mothers. Women were commemorated for posterity for their roles as wives and mothers in Renaissance culture and became exemplars for not only their children and immediate families, but for all women who saw these images and understood the importance placed on their fulfilling of their roles within Renaissance Italian society.
Raphael’s Portrait of Maddalena Doni (1506-7) and Ghirlandaio’s Visitation (1495-98)
On a recent research trip to Florence (one of my most favourite places in the entire world!), I got the opportunity to revisit many of the galleries, museums, and palazzi which house the art works which are the focus of my research. I came across so many exquisite portraits of women including Raphael’s Maddelena Doni and the beautiful representations of the Tornabuoni women in the family chapel located in Santa Maria Novella. Surrounded by these images, it has inspired me to break through my writer’s block and to keep writing each day (no matter how small the word count!)
To those who have followed my blog, I thank you for your interest and I hope you will continue to enjoy reading about Renaissance mothers in the coming months!! Keep an eye on the blog which will be updated with a new blog post shortly!