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  • Record Number: 2664
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Carroll , Jane L.
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  • Title: Woven Devotions: Reform and Piety in Tapestries by Dominican Nuns [The author examines two tapestries that were produced by Dominican nuns in Germany. Both have small depictions of nuns working at looms in the margins. Carroll suggests that these images are part self-portraits, part devotional images, while also serving as exemplars of the Dominican reform for a "vita activa" that avoided luxury and sloth. Title note supplied by Feminae.].
  • Source: Saints, Sinners, and Sisters: Gender and Northern Art in Medieval and Early Modern Europe.  Edited by Jane L. Carroll and Alison G. Stewart.  Ashgate, 2003.  Pages 182 - 201.
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  • Article Type: Essay
  • Subject (See Also): Art History- Decorative Arts Devotional Art Dominican Order Ecclesiastical Reform Monasticism Nuns in Art Portraits Tapestries Weaving Women Artists Women in Art Women in Religion
  • Geographic Area: Germany
  • Century: 15
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  • Primary Evidence: Tapestry; 1) Munich Bayersches Nationalmuseum, Inv. No. T3803. Wool and linen tapestry depicting the adoration of the Magi with Saints Agnes and Barbara. In the bottom border among the Folds of the Virgin's mantel, the small figure of a nun works at a vertical loom
  • Illustrations: Seven Figures. Figure One "Adoration of the Magi with Saints Agnes and Barbara," wool and linen tapestry, Franconia, circa 1500 (Munich, Bayerisches Nationalmuseum, Inv. No. T3803). Figure Two Detail of Figure One showing a nun working at a loom. Figure Three "Passion of Christ," detail of "Christ Carrying the Cross," wool and linen tapestry, Franconia, circa 1500 (Bamberg, Diƶzesanmuseum). Figure Four Detail of the "Passion of Christ," two nuns at a loom. Figure Five "Life of St. Katherine, The Burial of St. Katherine, "wool and linen tapestry, Nuremberg, circa 1450-1456 (Nuremberg, Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Inv. No. Gew. 3712). Figure Six "Enthroned Virgin and Child with Dominican Saints," left half of the tapestry, wool and linen tapestry, Nuremberg, circa 1450-1460 (Nuremberg, Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Inv. No. Gew. 3723 and 4216). Figure Seven "Nativity with Saints Mary Magdalen, John the Baptist, Dominic, and Catherine," central section of the tapestry, wool and linen tapestry, Nuremberg, 1497 (formerly Nuremberg, St. Sebald's, destroyed in World War II).
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  • Author's Affiliation: Dartmouth College
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  • Year of Publication: 2003.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 0754605892
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