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Venus and the Arts of Love in Renaissance Florence


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1. Golden Splendor: Visions of Venus; 2. Cultivating Complexions: Cleaning and Coloring the Flesh; 3. Sartorial Seduction: Silk, Embroidery, and Venusian Magic; 4. Green Gardens: Venus' Verdant Virtues; 5. Erotic Anatomy: Fantasy, Sex, and Disease; 6. Maritime Treasures: Venus' Gifts from the Sea; Conclusion: Attendant Pleasures.

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This book examines Venus and her arts of love in the society, culture, and governance of Florence from 1300-1600.

About the Author

Rebekah Compton is Associate Professor of Renaissance and Baroque Art History at the College of Charleston, South Carolina. She is a recipient of a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship at Columbia University and a fellow of I Tatti, the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies.

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