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‘Remarkable women’: Female patronage of religious institutions, 1300-1550

‘Remarkable women’: Female patronage of religious institutions, 1300-1550

Papers from an online conference held by The Courtauld Institute of Art on January 29, 2021

Overview: This conference seeks to explore the ways in which women patronised and interacted with monasteries and religious houses during the late Middle Ages, how they commissioned devotional and commemorative art for monastic settings, and the ways in which these donations were received and understood by their intended audiences. The artistic donations of lay patrons to religious institutions has become a fruitful area of study in recent years, but the specific role played by women in these networks of patronage has been subject to less thorough scrutiny. Similarly too, the interests of female patrons have often been considered separately from the contexts of the places to which they made their donations, without a thorough consideration of their very different status from their male counterparts and how this shaped their pursuit for commemoration and memorial after death and their reception as patrons by monastic houses and religious institutions.

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Speakers include:

Dr. Giorgia Mancini (University of Cambridge) – At the heart of devotion in fifteenth-century Ferrara: female donors in San Giorgio fuori le Mura

Maria Lesimple (University of Grenoble-Alpes/LUHCIE) – Margaret of Austria’s ‘Treasure of Brou’: between Arts, Religion and Politics

Yeidy Rosa (University of Durham) – Hidden and Revealed: Women’s Power, Family Feuds and Jewish-Muslim-Christian Relations through a recently uncovered mural of the Lamentation in the Cathedral of Albarracín

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Dr. Mija Oter Gorenčič (France Stele Institute of Art History) – Women as Benefactors and Art Patrons in Male Medieval Cistercian and Carthusian Monasteries in Present-Day Slovenia

Dr. Diana Lucía Gómez-Chacón (Universidad Complutense de Madrid) – Beyond the Realms of Castile. Queenship, Devotion and Artistic Patronage in the times of Queen Violante of Aragon (1236-1300/01)

Iliana Kandzha (Central European University) – Wives and Widows in a Monastic Space: Kunigunde of Austria (1465-1520) and the Carthusian Monastery of Prüll

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Isabel Barros Felix (Université Catholique de Louvain) – The funerary monument of Prince Afonso of Portugal (1390-1400): A 15th-century commission by duchess Isabel of Portugal (1397-1471)?

Dr. Richard A. Leson (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee) – Remembering Enguerrand of Coucy: Jeanne of Flanders’ Memorial Campaigns at Longpont and Laon

Dr. Bryony Coombs(University of Edinburgh) – Devotion in Text and Stone: Female Authority and Agency in Margaret of Scotland’s Foundation of a Royal Chapel at Thouars and her ‘Speciosissimas’ Book of Hours

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Dr. Joni M. Hand (Southeast Missouri State University) – Playing by the “Rule”: Monastic Order and Identity in the Psalter of Bonne of Luxembourg

Amy Neff, Professor Emerita (University of Tennessee) and Anne Derbes, Professor Emerita (Hood College) – Which Remarkable Woman? The Passion Altarpiece for Santa Clara, Palma de Majorca

Click here to download the speaker biographies and abstracts

Top Image: Psalter of Bonne de Luxembourg – Wikimedia Commons

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