'Il bel sesso e l'austero Senato': The Coronation of Dogaressa Morosina Morosini Grimani

Bronwen Wilson

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The Venetian printmaker Giacomo Franco produced several engravings for the 1597 coronation of Morosina Morosini, the wife of doge Marin Grimani (1595-1605). Focusing on three of these prints in which a bird's-eye view of the city is framed with illustrations of the festivities, this essay explores relations between space, gender, allegory and costume as they were manifested in this rare female procession. An examination of the pictorial conventions used by Franco and other artists to depict the event suggests that Morosina's coronation functioned both to resist existing codes of gender but also to reassert female patrician status.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)73-139
Number of pages67
JournalRenaissance Quarterly
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1999

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