Illuminating women in the medieval world

Sciacca, Christine, 1976- author

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  • Creator Christine Sciacca
  • Format Books
  • Contributors
  • Publication Los Angeles : The J. Paul Getty Museum, [2017] ©2017
  • Physical Details
    • ix, 108 pages : color facsimiles ; 24 cm
  • ISBNs 9781606065266, 1606065262
  • OCLC ocn962409768


  • "When one thinks of women in the Middle Ages, the images that often come to mind are those of damsels in distress, mystics in convents, female laborers in the field, and even women of ill repute. In reality, however, medieval conceptions of womanhood were multifaceted, and women's roles were varied and nuanced. Female stereotypes existed in the medieval world, but so too did women of power and influence. The pages of illuminated manuscripts reveal to us the many facets of medieval womanhood and slices of medieval life--from preoccupations with biblical heroines and saints to courtship, childbirth, and motherhood. While men dominated artistic production, this volume demonstrates the ways in which female artists, authors, and patrons were instrumental in the creation of illuminated manuscripts."--


  • Includes bibliographical references (page 108).


  • Medieval ideals of womanhood -- Warnings to medieval women -- Medieval women in daily life -- Medieval women in the arts
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