Royal Rivals!

Katherine is our guide through the regency of Catherine de’ Medici and her artistic campaign to cast Diane de Poitiers in the shade.  Just some things to think about as you read this article:  Waging a campaign with art is a particularly sophisticated type of warfare!  How does Caron’s imagery reinforce Catherine’s role as regent?  How strong is ffolliott’s argument about women in power having to have distinct imagery from that of men in power?  How does Caron subvert Diane’s former position of power?  What is the significance of Cellini’s  relief of the Nymph of Fontainebleau?  How does the gender of the architectural orders come into play in this article? Are your convinced by the author’s interpretation of “The Petitions?”  Does ffolliott take the “eclipse” of Diane too far into the realm of interpretation?


2 responses

  1. If you commission art, are you technically a patron? If so,. is Diane de Poitiers technically a patron?

    I thought that the gendered interpretations of patronage were very sexist. However, I appreciate the fact that the author is trying to untangle Isabella’s patronage.

    It’s good to see Castiglione’s influence so literally translated. Does everyone else think that applying Castiglione to the argument is fair?

    I would like to discuss the power a patron has and how that relates to women and gender in this time period.

  2. This was such an interesting article, however, I feel that the story of female rivals battling for power or men is one that our society hears and tells so often. The subversion of the Diana image is particularly interesting to me. I thought it was ironic that, in the closing of the article, the author notes that Diana was placed where no one would pay attention to her, as he is writing an article devoted to understanding her image. I would definitely consider Diane de Poitiers a patron. I find the entire outline of this event to be problematic (why couldn’t they have united to form a woman super power!) and think that a closer look at the counter-war waged by Diane would have been interesting (although we see what she did before Henri II death, we do not see what she created, if anything, in response to the shift in power).

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