The understanding of a woman: Vittoria Colonna and Michelangelo's Christ and the Samaritan Woman

Material TypeArticleLanguageEnglish
TitleThe understanding of a woman: Vittoria Colonna and Michelangelo's Christ and the Samaritan Woman Author(S)Bernadine Barnes (Author)
Abstract  This article presents a new contextualization and interpretation of Michelangelo's composition, Christ and the Samaritan Woman, which was made for Vittoria Colonna around 1542. Known only through copies, it is an unusual representation of the theme, which eschews commentary on the sexuality or arrogance of the woman and instead includes elements that point to the woman's role in leading others to Christ. By reconsidering Colonna's own statements on the Samaritan woman and parallels found in Bernardino Ochino's comments, I argue that the design reflects the way Colonna positioned herself as a person of incomplete understanding who could still be saved through a direct encounter with Christ's words ...Paginationp 633-653
SubjectEurope -- HistoryDescriptorsRenaissance
Journal TitleRenaissance studies: Journal of the Society for Renaissance Studies  
Permanent Linksclick here