11. Seeing is Believing: Urban Gossip and the Balcony in Early Modern Venice

  1. Lin Foxhall2 and
  2. Gabriele Neher3
  1. Alexander Cowan

Published Online: 13 APR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118234471.ch11

Gender and the City before Modernity

Gender and the City before Modernity

How to Cite

Cowan, A. (2012) Seeing is Believing: Urban Gossip and the Balcony in Early Modern Venice, in Gender and the City before Modernity (eds L. Foxhall and G. Neher), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118234471.ch11

Editor Information

  1. 2

    University of Leicester, UK

  2. 3

    University of Nottingham, UK

Author Information

  1. Northumbria University, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 13 APR 2012
  2. Published Print: 15 MAY 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781118234433

Online ISBN: 9781118234471

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Keywords:

  • balcony in early modern Venice, Seeing is Believing;
  • social functions of the balcony, in early modern Venice;
  • balcony, places to speak from, or to be heard;
  • Italian theatre, architectural, balconies, and windows;
  • Italian Renaissance drama, spectators' view of balcony happenings;
  • social use of Venetian balconies, Prove di Nobiltà and the Inquisition;
  • a woman's absence from a balcony, adding much social significance;
  • women on balconies, and rules of ritiratezza, and breach;
  • balconies and the illicit, between domestic space, and the street;
  • Venetian balconies, more of a woman's space, as chains of gossip

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Balconies as architecture, in paintings and on the stage

  • Women on balconies

  • Balconies as points of interaction

  • Balconies and the illicit

  • Balconies and windows: alternative openings?

  • Conclusion