Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 17856
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Field , Richard S.
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  • Title: A Fifteenth-Century Woodcut of the "Death of the Virgin" in a Manuscript of "Der Stachel der Liebe" [The author examines the development and meaning of an iconographic theme, the figure of the kneeling Virgin in woodcut scenes of the Dormition. This devotional image presented Mary as humankind's stongest intercessor with both her son and God. It also served as a model for the good death with Mary kneeling in pious prayer as her earthly life ends. Title note supplied by Feminae.].
  • Source: Studies in Iconography 24, ( 2003): Pages 71 - 137.
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  • Article Type: Journal Article
  • Subject (See Also): Art History- General Devotional Art Devotional Literature Dominican Order Iconography Manuscripts Mary, Virgin, Saint- Dormition in Art Monasticism Nuremberg, Bayern, Germany Der Stachel der Liebe, Translation by Johann von Neumarkt, Chancellor of Bohemia
  • Geographic Area: Germany
  • Century: 15
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  • Primary Evidence: Woodcut; Rochester, NY, University of Rochester, Rush Rhees Library, Death of the Virgin. Pasted into the inside front cover of "Der Stachel der Liebe." One of a series of woodcuts created circa 1420-1430 within a Dominican milieu for the use of devotional reading
  • Illustrations: Twenty figures. Figure One Death of the Virgin, woodcut pasted into the inside front cover of "Der Stachel der Liebe," circa 1420-1430 (Rochester, NY, University of Rochester, Rush Rhees Library). Figure Two James of Milan, "Der Stachel der Liebe," circa 1420-1430 (Rocheser, NY, University of Rochester, Rush Rhees Library, fol. 177r.). Figure Three James of Milan, "Der Stachel der Liebe," circa 1420-1430 (Rochester, NY, University of Rochester, Rush Rhees Library, fol. 1r.). Figure Four Panel painting of the "Death of the Virgin," Kosatky, circa 1350 (Boston, Museum of Fine Arts). Figure Five School of the Master of the Trebon Altar, Painting of the "Nativity," 1390-1400 (Hluboká, Czech Republic, State Castle). Figure Six Painting of the "Death of the Virgin," Raudnice, 1410-1415, center panel in a triptych (Prague, National Gallergy). Figure Seven The Virgin from a "Death of the Virgin," circa 1420, half-life-size terracotta group (Nuremberg, Germanisches Nationalmuseum). Figure Eight Fresco of the "Death of the Virgin," circa 1400-1440 (Nuremberg, Sebaldus Church, pillar 8.). Figure Nine Woodcut of the Death of the Virgin, circa 1440 (Nuremberg, Germanisches Nationalmuseum). Figure Ten Death of the Virgin, circa 1440-1450, woodcut pasted onto page of the "Gulden puchlein" (Munich, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, fol. 159r.). Figure Eleven Woodcut of the Death of the Virgin, circa 1440-1450 (Bamberg, Staatsbibliothek). Figure Twelve Woodcut of the Death of the Virgin, circa 1440-1450 (Nuremberg, Staatsbibliothek, Will II. 19.8, fol. 101r). Figure Thirteen Woodcut of the Death of the Virgin, circa 1440-1450 (Washington, D.C., National Gallery of Art, Lessing J. Rosenwald Collection). Figure Fourteen Woodcut of the Death of the Virgin, printed onto page in "Life and Passion of Christ," circa 1440-1450 (Vienna, Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, Ink 2.H.131). Figure Fifteen Woodcut of the Mass of Saint Gregory, circa 1420-1430 (Berlin, Kupferstichkabinett, Staatliche Museen). Figure Sixteen Woodcut of Christ Bearing the Cross, circa 1420-1430 (Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, Cabinet des Estampes). Figure Seventeen Woodcut of Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane, circa 1420-1430 (Nuremberg, Germanisches Nationalmuseum). Figure Eighteen Woodcut of Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane, circa 1420 (Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, Cabinet des Estampes). Figure Nineteen Woodcut of Christ Bearing the Cross, circa 1420-1430 (Vienna, Graphische Sammlung Albertina). Figure Twenty Woodcut of the Death of the Virgin, circa 1420-1430 (Nuremberg, Germanisches Nationalmuseum).
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  • Year of Publication: 2003.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 01481029
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