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Reassessing the Roles of Women as ‘Makers’ of Medieval Art and Architecture

Reassessing the Roles of Women as ‘Makers’ of Medieval Art and Architecture

Edited by Therese Martin

Brill Publishing, 2002
ISBN: 9789004185555

This two-volume set proposes a renewed way of framing the debate around the history of medieval art and architecture to highlight the multiple roles played by women. Today’s standard division of artist from patron is not seen in medieval inscriptions—on paintings, metalwork, embroideries, or buildings—where the most common verb is ‘made’ (fecit). At times this denotes the individual whose hands produced the work, but it can equally refer to the person whose donation made the undertaking possible. Here twenty-four scholars examine secular and religious art from across medieval Europe to demonstrate that a range of studies is of interest not just for a particular time and place but because, from this range, overall conclusions can be drawn for the question of medieval art history as a whole.

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Articles in this two-volume set

Exceptions and Assumptions: Women in Medieval Art History – Therese Martin

The Non-Gendered Appeal of Vierge Ouvrante Sculpture: Audience, Patronage, and Purpose in Medieval Iberia – Melissa R. Katz

Mere Embroiderers? Women and Art in Early Medieval Ireland – Jenifer Ní Ghrádaigh

Erasures and Recoveries of Women’s Contributions to Gothic Architecture: The Case of Saint-Quentin, Local N obility, and Eleanor of Vermandois – Ellen M. Shortell

The Roles of Women in Late Medieval Civic Pageantry in England – Nicola Coldstream

The Patronage Question under Review: Queen Blanche of Castile (1188–1252) and the Architecture of the Cistercian Abbeys at Royaumont, Maubuisson, and Le Lys – Alexandra Gajewski

Female Piety and the Building and Decorating of Churches, ca. 500–1150 245 – Jane Tibbetts Schulenburg

‘Planters of great civilitie’: Female Patrons of the Arts in Late Medieval Ireland – Rachel Moss

Reception, Gender, and Memory: Elisenda de Montcada and Her Dual-Effigy Tomb at Santa Maria de Pedralbes – Eileen McKiernan González

Women as Makers of Church Decoration: Illustrated Textiles at the Monasteries of Altenberg/Lahn, Rupertsberg, and Heiningen (13th–14th c.) – Stefanie Seeberg

Women in the Making: Early Medieval Signatures and Artists’ Portraits (9th–12th c.) – Pierre Alain Mariaux

Melisende of Jerusalem: Queen and Patron of Art and Architecture in the Crusader Kingdom – Jaroslav Folda

Women and the Architecture of al-Andalus (711–1492): A Historiographical Analysis – María Elena Díez Jorge

Portrayals of Women with Books: Female (Il)literacy in Medieval Jewish Culture – Katrin Kogman-Appel

Patterns of Patronage: Female Initiatives and Artistic Enterprises in England in the 13th and 14th Centuries – Loveday Lewes Gee

Concubines, Eunuchs, and Patronage in Early Islamic Cordoba – Glaire D. Anderson

The First Queens of Portugal and the Building of the Realm – Miriam Shadis

Subversive Obedience: Images of Spiritual Reform by and for Fifteenth-Century Nuns – Jane Carroll

Elite Women, Palaces, and Castles in Northern France (ca. 850–1100) – Annie Renoux

Redressing Images: Conflict in Context at Abbess Humbrina’s Scriptorium in Pontetetto (Lucca) – Loretta Vandi

Emma of Blois as Arbiter of Peace and the Politics of Patronage – Mickey Abel

Nimble-fingered Maidens in Scandinavia: Women as Artists and Patrons – Nancy L. Wicker

The Treasures and Foundations of Isabel, Beatriz, Elisenda, and Leonor: The Art Patronage of Four Iberian Queens in the Fourteenth Century – Ana Maria S.A. Rodrigues

Liturgy as Women’s Language: Two Noble Patrons Prepare for the End in Fifteenth-Century Spain – Felipe Pereda

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