In the first major book in four decades on Caterina Sforza
(1463-1509), Joyce de Vries investigates the famous noblewoman's
cultural endeavors, and explores the ways in which gender, culture,
and consumption practices were central to the invention of the self
in early modern Italy. Sforza commissioned elaborate artistic and
architectural works, participated in splendid civic and religious
rituals, and collected a dazzling array of clothing, jewelry,... more...