Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 14644
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Pietrini , Sandra.
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  • Title: La santa danza di David e il ballo peccaminoso di Salomé: Due figure esemplari dell'immaginario biblico medievale [although there are both holy and ungodly dances in the Bible, early on Christain exegetes dismissed most dances as sinful; David's dance before the Ark, however, was interpreted as dignified and orderly, expressing spiritual submission to God or as acrobatics showing his humility by laying aside his royal garb and his dignity; medieval artists did not generally depict David's dance, but both artists and preachers condemned Salomé's dance before Herod as lascivious; fashions in the depiction of her dance changed, but Salomé remained a figure of woman's seductive power].
  • Source: Quaderni Medievali 50, (dicembre 2000): Pages 45 - 73.
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  • Article Type: Journal Article
  • Subject (See Also): Bernard of Clairvaux, Theologian, Saint Dance David (Biblical Figure) David (Biblical Figure) in Art Salome (Biblical Figure) Salome (Biblical Figure) in Art Women in Art
  • Geographic Area: General
  • Century: General
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  • Illustrations: Four figures. Figure One Manuscript illumination of David playing the harp with a dancing woman (Rome, Biblioteca Vaticana, MS Ross. 529, fol. 2v.) Figure Two Manuscript illumination of Salome with the head of John the Baptist (Den Haag, Meermanno-Westreenianum Museum, MS 76. D. 40, fol. 109). Figure Three Manuscript illumination of Salome dancing with swords and the decapitation of John the Baptist (Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Auct. D. 2. 6, fol. 166v.) Figure Four Detail of a woman dancing from Taddeo Gaddi, "The Banquet of Hercules" (Poppi (Arezzo), Castello dei Conti Guidi).
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  • Year of Publication: 2000.
  • Language: Italian
  • ISSN/ISBN: 03921875
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