A pair of little gilded shoes: production, cost and meaning in Renaissance footwear

O'Malley, Michelle (2010) A pair of little gilded shoes: production, cost and meaning in Renaissance footwear. Renaissance Quarterly, 63 (1). pp. 45-83. ISSN 0034-4338

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Abstract

This article focuses on women's luxury footwear to examine issues of economic, material, and familial life in Renaissance Italy. It uses graphic work by Albrecht Dürer to explore footwear design, and draw from disparate sources to propose a new method for evaluating its cost. The article argues that sumptuous footwear was available for a range of prices that are not reflected in surviving payment records, and that it was largely less expensive than moralists and legislators implied. In conclusion, it employs Minerbetti documentation to consider the role particular shoes may have played in developing personal subjectivity.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of History, Art History and Philosophy > Art History
Depositing User: Michelle O'Malley
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 21:13
Last Modified: 16 Oct 2013 09:54
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/30324
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