Renaissance Women Patrons

The term renaissance may be used to mean a rebirth or an awakening call. It was a period in history that took place in Europe and other parts of the world at different times. In Europe, it marked the rebirth of the culture of Greeks and Romans who were residing in Italy and outskirts of England. It was a period marked by great persons like Leonardo da Vinci, Machiavelli and Michelangelo. Proponents of the renaissance attribute the modern advancement in the field of politics to this period of renaissance. Scholars from Middle East opposed the concept of renaissance as a source of political and economic empowerment. They claimed that advancement in the two fields were not attributable to the renaissance period.
Women were another beneficially of the renaissance period as they got empowered. There were some places where women faced great opposition in patronage and could not be allowed to handle money. Women valued the work of art and embraced it fully in their lives and as a source of livelihood for their families. Architectural work was highly respected in the early days of renaissance, and this led to the birth of the beautiful designed places including churches. Patrons could hire artisans to decorate the church and put the liturgical honorary items in their central position. The paper answers the questions of the place of women during the period of renaissance and their contribution.
The author questions the place of women and their contribution during the period of renaissance. The answer to the question gives birth to the topic of discussion about the women patronage (King 16). Some people thought that women were not supposed to be educated and if they got the education it was to benefit the men. They were introduced to education of how to behave like ladies and the basic family things. Women who got advanced education like their male counterpart were not supposed to be married.
The scope of the book is entirely on the place of women patronage during the renaissance period and how they benefitted from it. It also talks about empowering the Italian women who were laying leaders. The book covers the period between 1300 and1550 BC when the revolution of women renaissance took place. It is during this period in history that women got empowered, and their place in society changed from that of the household to a public one. Women were allowed to participate in the works of art as a form of empowerment.
Another key important thing in discussing the scope of the book is the place where the events took place. The setting of the book is in the modern Italy where the Roman culture is the main subject of the renaissance (King 5). The author surveys through many aspects in the society such as the spiritual aspect of patronages. There is also the subject of education and its place in the society and the form of education. Education as portrayed by the author was meant to benefit the human beings and not God, and that is why it was referred to as Humanism.
Other subjects of discussion by the author are the financial, legal spiritual and social factors that empowered women to take up their roles in the society (King 10). The author considers women as the patrons of the society where they reside. Renaissance period was characterized by bad male perception of the women empowerment. It was argued that a woman was not supposed to be empowered financially at any single time. Patronage, however, changed the whole perception and women could take their position in the society. Women participated in the field of art and the architectural aspect of the renaissance period.
The most interesting sentence in the book is where women are portrayed as puppets for their men. This is clearly shown by the kind of education they received and also its benefits. The author brings out the historical perception of the female education and compares it with their male counterparts. The concept is of importance to me in the understanding the view of renaissance and its benefits to the women.
A recommendation for the author if she had to write a second book is to elaborate on the concept of women education. The author should clearly give a picture of the education that women received and compare it with the modern society. She should also touch on the topic of male chauvinism in the education sector. All the social injustices towards women should be given a solution.
The author does not elaborate on the topic of male chauvinism as I would have expected. There should be a clear guideline on to what extent the society is to blame for the social injustices towards women. Renaissance period should be portrayed also as a period of economic empowerment and not just a period for women empowerment.
The relevance of the course lies entirely in the change of the mind set and also the perception towards women and patronage. Emphasizes have been directed towards other empowerments such as the architectural art and women (King 15). Women place in society has changed with time as the book comes to the end. The period of renaissance has great impacts in the lives of the lay women and the society at large. The book has also given another dimension of the place of education and religion in society.
The paper answers the questions of the place of women during the period of renaissance and their contribution. It has also come out clearly that men undermined women before the renaissance period. Women empowerment is greatly attributed to the renaissance period. Religion also plays a big role in the empowerment of women.
Work cited
King, Catherine. Renaissance Women Patrons: Wives and Widows in Italy C. 1300-1550. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1998. Print.

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