Iconography of Female Fashion. The Social Meaning of Clothes through Visual Arts, from the Renaissance to the 17th Century. (2017/2018)

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Name of lecturer
Alessandra Zamperini
Alessandra Zamperini
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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NN - -
Language of instruction
First half of Semester 2 dal Feb 26, 2018 al Apr 21, 2018.

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Learning outcomes

After outlining the meaning of the word "fashion" with its basic features, this course aims at investigating the evolution and social value of female fashion from the Renaissance to the Seventeenth century. These aspects will be discussed not only in relation to the positive notion of status, but also in connection with critical opinions and repressive measures (with special attention to sumptuary laws). Students will have to become familiar with these conceits which concur in mirroring the culture of any epoch through their mutual influence.


The focus of this course will be the analysis of visual works of art spanning from the Fifteenth to the Seventeenth century. The interpretation of the works involved in the discussion will be supported by contemporary sources (litterary texts, laws, etc.); comparison with images belonging to later epochs will be also called upon, in order to find out and underline differences and similarities in female fashion during centuries.

Assessment methods and criteria

Students may choose a written or oral examination.

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