Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 14622
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Troncarelli , Fabio.
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  • Title: Immagini di streghe nei manoscritti medievali [increased belief in witches in the late Middle Ages also involved more frequent illustration of them and their revels; lascivious human figures were combined with animal or demonic figures, often in orgiastic scenes; like Venus, lascivious witches were symbols of lust, in contrast to sacred love; satanic love magic was one of the crimes attributed to witches].
  • Source: Imaging Humanity/Immagini dell' umanità.  Edited by John Casey, Mary Warnement, Jim Whelton, and Anne Wingenter.  Bordighera, 2000.  Pages 79 - 92.
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  • Article Type: Essay
  • Subject (See Also): Animals, Image of Art History- Painting Demons Illumination of Manuscripts Love Charms Luxuria (Latin: Sexual Pleasure) Magic Venus (Mythological Figure) Witches in Art
  • Geographic Area: General
  • Century: 13- 14- 15
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  • Illustrations: Twelve figures. Figure One Woodcut of witches mixing brew and riding on goats. Figure Two Manuscript illumination of two cocks fighting next to a figure holding a spindle. Figure Three Manuscript illumination of a monkey holding off two goats. Figure Four Manuscript illumination of two naked figures fighting, one is sitting backwards on the head of a goat. Figure Five Manuscript illumination of a witch's sabbath with a goat playing music and two other animals listening. Figure Six Three grotesque figures. Figure Seven Grotesque figure playing music. Figure Eight Woodcut of two witches putting animals (a chicken and a snake) into a pot on the flames. Figure Nine Manuscript illumination of a woman who brandishes a spindle at a cat trying to steal from a bowl, circa 1320 (Paris, Musée Jacquemart I, c. 31). Figure Ten Manuscript illumination of a figure engaged in magic (New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Rothschild Canticles). Figure Eleven Manuscript illumination of a naked man being carried off by a monkey while a woman performs magic (Rothschild Canticles). Figure Twelve Manuscript illumination of a figure performing magic (Rothschild Canticles).
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  • Year of Publication: 2000.
  • Language: Italian
  • ISSN/ISBN: 1884419380
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