The Role of the Woman
In your eyes, what is the world? The world might be a harsh, cruel place to you or a nice, heavenly place. Everybody’s views are different, but we can hopefully all see how majority of the women are and were treated both in the Renaissance, and the modern world. The women in Renaissance Italy were very different from the women in today’s society. To understand the differences, we must both compare and contrast the two views. To help us really understand the way women were treated, let us look at two different photos: one named Primavera by Sandro Botticelli, and the other a stereotypical woman in the modern 21st century.
So, what was the Renaissance’s stance of women? A painting by Sandro Botticelli in in the late 1470’s or the early 1480’s can give us a preview of a stereotypical Renaissance woman. Sandro Botticelli’s description of women is red-blonde hair, a tall forehead, a slender body, and blue eyes. Women’s roles in Renaissance was to take care of her family, make sure her children grew up to be good citizens, “keep her husband’s love”, and to be a good person, in general. Women were not seen as the same as men or anywhere close to them. While men had jobs and rights, women were to stay at home and do housework. Although this trained women to be better at housekeeping, it could have rosen resentment from women and led to rallies and protests, but it didn’t.