Illuminating Women in the Medieval World by Christine Sciacca

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Read Illuminating Women in the Medieval World Online Free - 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.
 
Featuring over one hundred illuminations depicting medieval women from England to Ethiopia, this book provides a lively and accessible introduction to the lives of women in the medieval world.
 



Title : Illuminating Women in the Medieval World
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ISBN : 1606065262
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 120 pages


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Bettie☯ rated it ★★★☆☆

June 02, 2017

Description: 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 rol...


Vivian rated it ★★★☆☆

May 05, 2017

A coffee table book featuring a heavy reliance on Getty pieces. The book assumes little prior knowledge by the reader explaining how the book will deviate from preconceived ideas or stereotypes of females (damsels in distress) during the Middle Ages. It is geared towards a curious general reader,...


Sue rated it ★★★★☆

August 24, 2017

Very interesting exposition on some 100 illuminations gathered together for an exhibition at the Getty Museum this year. The purpose: to show the place and roles of medieval women revealed in these small works of art. They are beautifully reproduced here. The place of the medieval women can be in...


Dee rated it ★★★★★

June 20, 2017

Most people have a limited knowledge of women in the Middle Ages. This book by Christine Sciacca will open up many eyes. The publication is timed to coincide with the 2017 exhibition at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. An illuminated manuscript is defined as a manuscript in which the text...


Regina rated it ★★★★★

June 06, 2017

A collection of medieval illustrations with narration and background provided. This book gives a great overview of a women's role or view upon women from a Church and Medieval perspective. One of the most amazing aspect of the book is seeing women that printed books! Quite amazing and colorful.


Lina rated it ★★★★☆

June 26, 2017

I was fortunate to get to read a ARC of this book thru netgalley. The first thing that came to my mind when I finished this book was lovely. Yes this book is lovely. The flow between the images and the text was really good. It gives us a glimps of how women where seen in medieval times,through the...


Gill rated it ★★★★☆

May 08, 2017

'Illuminating Women in the Medieval World' by Christine Sciacca 4 stars/ 8 out of 10 This is a very nice book. It has been issued to support an exhibition at the J. Paul Getty Museum, but works equally well as a stand alone book. It is short, but has much of interest in it. It is arranged in 4 chap...


Jessica rated it ★★★★★

June 23, 2017

Pros: lots of colour illustrations, good explanations Cons: This is an examination of medieval women as depicted in illuminated manuscripts. There’s a short forward by Timothy Potts, the Director of the J. Paul Getty Museum, followed by the Introduction. There are four chapters: Medieval Ideals of...


Robin rated it ★★★☆☆

May 18, 2017

This is an analysis of women's roles in the middle ages using medieval illustrations of women, and accompanying them with only a very brief description of each. It comes across as rather like an academic coffee table book. I was hoping for much more text and analyses than what there is, but it is...


Annette rated it ★★★★★

May 15, 2017

I’ve seen many beautiful illuminations at different museums, but never understood the deep meaning of them until reading this book. It is written in a straight-forward manner. Each story is supported by remarkable illumination. However, the order of presenting those illuminations strikes me as no...





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