Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 6990
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Williamson , Beth.
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  • Title: The Virgin "Lactans" as Second Eve: Image of the "Salvatrix" [the author analyzes the iconography of a painting by Carlo da Camerino, depicting the Virgin nursing the infant Christ with Eve reclining below; Margaret Miles had argued that the painting juxtaposes Mary's goodness with Eve's sinful body (and the bodies of the female viewers); the author argues that the panel creates a "complex allegory not only of the Virgin's centrality to human redemption but also of Eve's crucial role in this process"].
  • Source: Studies in Iconography 19, ( 1998): Pages 105 - 138.
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  • Article Type: Journal Article
  • Subject (See Also): Art History- Painting Body Breast Feeding Carlo da Camerino, Painter- Madonna of Humility and the Temptation of Eve Eve (Biblical Figure) in Art Iconography Madonna Lactans (Artistic Motif) Mary, Virgin, Saint in Art Salvation, Theological Concept Women i
  • Geographic Area: Italy
  • Century: 14- 15
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  • Primary Evidence: Painting; Cleveland, Cleveland Museum of Art, Holden Collection, 1916.795. Carlo da Camerino, "The Madonna of Humility and the Temptation of Eve," circa 1400. Tempera and gold on wood, 181.5 x 88.6 cm.
  • Illustrations: Six Figures. Figure One Carlo da Camerino, "The Madonna of Humility and the Temptation of Eve," circa 1400 (Cleveland, Cleveland Museum of Art). Figure Two Ambrogio Lorenzetti, "Maestà" (San Galgano, Montesiepi Chapel). Figure Three Paolo di Giovanni Fei, "Madonna and Child Enthroned" (New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Robert Lehman Collection, 1975). Figure Four Paolo di Giovanni Fei, "Madonna del Latte" (New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Bequest of George Blumenthal, 1941). Figure Five Master of the Straus Madonna, "Madonna and Child" (Stalybridge, Astley Cheetham Art Gallery). Figure Six Follower of Paolo di Giovanni Fei, "The Tree of Life" (Hanover, Niedersächsisches Landesmuseum).
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  • Author's Affiliation: University of Bristol
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  • Year of Publication: 1998.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 01481029
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