Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 1823
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Sheingorn , Pamela.
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  • Title: The Wise Mother : The Image of St.Anne Teaching the Virgin Mary [The author argues that medieval images of Saint Anne teaching the Virgin have been ignored by scholars. As a result both the importance of mothers as teachers and the prevalence of literacy among upper and middle class women has been downplayed. Title note supplied by Feminae.]
  • Source: Gendering the Master Narrative: Women and Power in the Middle Ages.  Edited by Mary C. Erler and Maryanne Kowaleski.  Cornell University Press, 2003.  Pages 105 - 134. This article was first published in Gesta (Full Text via JSTOR) 32, 1 (1993): 69-80. Link Info
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  • Article Type: Essay
  • Subject (See Also): Anne, Mother of the Virgin, Saint in Art Art History- General Education Iconography Literacy Mary, Virgin, Saint in Art Mother, Image of in Art Saint Anne Teaching the Virgin to Read (Artistic Motif) Teaching
  • Geographic Area: General
  • Century: 14- 15
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  • Illustrations: Fifteen figures. Figure One "Nativity and Virgin Mary at School," circa 1325-1350 (Oxford, Bodleian Library, University of Oxford, MS Douce 185, fol. 35v.) Figure Two "Saint Anne Teaching the Virgin Mary," from an "opus anglicanum" altar frontal, circa 1320-1340 (London, Victoria and Albert Museum, 8128-63.) Figure Three "St.Anne Teaching the Virgin," sculpture (London, Westminster Abbey, Chapel of Henry VII, circa 1502-1512.) Figure Four "St. Anne, Virgin and Child," sculpture, South German, late fifteenth to early sixteenth century (Philadelphia, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1964-140-1). Figure Five Master of Frankfurt "St.Anne with the Virgin and the Christ Child," painting (Washington, D.C., National Gallery of Art, 1976.67.1 (2071). Figure Six "St. Anne Trinity," sculpture, Lower Rhine, early sixteenth century (Aachen, Suermondt-Ludwig-Museum). Figure Seven "St. Anne Trinity," manuscript illumination, circa 1400 (Oxford, University of Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Aubrey 31, fol. 31r.) Figure Eight "St.Anne Teaching the Virgin Mary in the Presence of the Christ Child," manuscript illumination (Metz, Bibliothèque municipale, MS B.M.620, fol. 1v.) Figure Nine Tilman Riemenschneider, "St. Anne Trinity," sculpture, after 1510 (Würzburg, Mainfränkischen Museum). Figure Ten Cornelisz van Oostsanen, "St. Anne Trinity," painting, 1525 (Berlin, Staatliche Museen Preussischer Kulturbesitz, Gemäldegalerie). Figure Eleven "Duchess of Bedford before St. Anne Teaching the Virgin Mary," manuscript illumination, circa 1423, Bedford Hours (London, British Library MS Add. 18850, fol. 257v.). Figure Twelve "St. Anne and the Virgin Mary with Books," manuscript illumination, circa 1430-1440 (Oxford, University of Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Auct. D. inf.2.11, fol. 51v.). Figure Thirteen "St. Anne and the Virgin Mary," manuscript illumination, circa 1325-1330 (Oxford, University of Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Douce 231, fol. 3r.). Figure Fourteen "St. Anne Presents the Virgin Mary and Claude of France to Claude's Name Saint, Claude of Besançon," manuscript illumination, Primer of Claude of France, 1505-1510 (Cambridge, Fitzwilliam Museum, MS 159, p.1). Figure Fifteen "Claude Kneels Before a Book, Following along as St. Anne Teaches the Virgin," manuscript illumination, Primer of Claude of France, 1505-1510 (Cambridge, Fitzwilliam Museum, MS 159 p.14).
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  • Author's Affiliation: Baruch College and Graduate Center, City University of New York
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  • Year of Publication: 2003.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 0801441129
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