Artisans of the Body in Early Modern Italy: Identities, Families and Masculinities
by Sandra Cavallo (9780719076626)

Artisans of the Body in Early Modern Italy: Identities, Families and Masculinities
 
Sandra Cavallo
Release Date: 15 October 2007
Format: Hardback
Pages: 296
Category: Italy
Publisher: Manchester University Press
ISBN: 9780719076626
ISBN-10: 0719076625



This groundbreaking study explores the role of those involved in various aspects of the care, comfort, and appearance of the body in 17th and early 18th century Italy. It brings to light the strong cultural affinities and social ties between barber, surgeons, and the apparently distant trades of jeweler, tailor, wigmaker, and upholsterer. Drawing on contemporary understandings of the body, the author shows that shared concerns about health and wellbeing permeated the professional cultures of these medical and non-medical occupations. At the same time, the detailed analysis of the life-course, career patterns, and family experience of "artisans of the body" offers unprecedented insight into the world of the urban middling sorts.

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