Looking like a Woman, Dancing like a Painting, Footing the Renaissance: Isadora Duncan and Botticelli's Primavera

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A print of Botticelli’s painting La Primavera in the dancer Isadora Duncan’s childhood home had a fundamental impact on her development of modern dance. This article explores Duncan’s dance and costume based on La Primavera in conjunction with other neo-Renaissance dancers (Sacharoff and Sachetti) and Aby Warburg’s interest in the Florentine nymph and moving draperies, arguing for the importance of studying the old masters, of looking like a woman, and embracing continued renascences.
Original languageEnglish
Journal19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2023

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  • Faculty of Humanities - Isadora Duncan, Sandro Botticelli, Florence, Renaissance reception, modern dance

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