Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 10115
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Dufresne , Laura Rinaldi
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  • Title: A Woman of Excellent Character: A Case Study of Dress, Reputation, and the Changing Costume of Christine de Pizan in the Fifteenth Century [The author surveys fifteenth century manuscript representations of Christine de Pizan. During her lifetime in manuscripts prepared under her supervision, Christine is presented in modest dress as befits a scirbe and court author. This is in keeping with the message of "Le Trésor" which emphasizes proper conduct for women of every social group. Manuscripts from later in the century, however, give her greater authority by depicting her in furs, elaborate headdresses, and other fashions of contemporary high-born ladies. Title note supplied by Feminae.].
  • Source: Dress: Annual Journal of the Costume Society of America 17, ( 1990): Pages 104 - 117.
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  • Article Type: Journal Article
  • Subject (See Also): Art History- Painting Christine de Pizan, Poet- Livre des Trois Vertus Clothing Fashion Illumination of Manuscripts Portraits Social Class Women Authors in Art Women in Art
  • Geographic Area: France
  • Century: 15
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  • Illustrations: Six figures. Figure One La Cité des dames Master, Reason, Rectitude, and Justice appear to Christine in a vision, "Livre des trois vertus," 1405-1410 (Boston, Boston Public Library MS fr. Med. 101, fol. 361). Figure Two La Cité des dames Master, Christine presents her book to Queen Isabelle of France, "Oeuvres," 1410-1415 (London, British Library, Harley 4431, fol. 3). Figure Three Unidentified Flemish workshop, Reason, Rectitude, and Justice appear to Christine in a vision; The College of Ladies lecturing to queens and princesses, "Livre des trois vertus," circa 1430 (Brussels, Bibliothéque royale Albert Ier, Br 9551-2, fol. 2). Figure Four Master of the Amiens 200, Reason, Rectitude, and Justice appear to Christine in a vision, "Livre des trois vertus," 1450-1460 (New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, MS 427, fol. 1). Figure Five School of Jacquemart Pilavaine, Christine and Reason, Rectitude, and Justice converse in the cité des dames "Livre des trois vertus," circa 1470 (Brussels, Bibliothéque royale Albert Ier, BR 9235-7, fol. 136). Figure Six In the manner of the Master of Margaret of York, Christine presents her book to Margarent of Burgundy, "Livre des trois vertus," 1470-1480 (Paris, Bibliothéque nationale, MS fr. 1177, fol. 114).
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  • Author's Affiliation: Winthrop College
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  • Year of Publication: 1990.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 03612112
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