Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 7591
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Gerstel , Sharon E. J.
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  • Title: Painted Sources for Female Piety in Medieval Byzantium [the author analyzes the depictions of female saints in Byzantine churches in order to deduce the roles that women played in the Church; women prayed for fertility and healthy children in chapels decorated with paintings of Saint Anne, and they mourned the dead in narthexes decorated with portraits of female saints].
  • Source URL: Dumbarton Oaks Papers (Full Text via JSTOR) 52 (1998): 89-111. Link Info target = '_blank'>Dumbarton Oaks Papers (Full Text via JSTOR) 52 (1998): 89-111. Link Info
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  • Article Type: Journal Article
  • Subject (See Also): Art History- Painting Byzantium Churches Ecclesiastical Space Hagiography Lay Piety Women in Art Women in Religion
  • Geographic Area: Eastern Mediterranean
  • Century: 11- 12- 13- 14- 15
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  • Illustrations: Twenty figures. Figure One Wall painting of female saints in the narthex of Hosios Loukas (Phokis). Figure Two Unidentified female saints in the narthex of Hagia Sophia (Thessalonike). Figure Three Saint Kalliope in Transfiguration, Pyrgi (Euboia). Figure Four Saint Glykeria in Omorphi Ekklesia (Athens). Figure Five Saint Catherine in the Penteli Caves (Attica). Figure Six Saints Helena, Catherine and Barbara on the north wall of Saint John Chrysostom (Geraki). Figure Seven Saint Polychronia in Hagios Strategos (Upper Boularioi, Mani). Figure Eight Saint Kyriake in Saint Panteleimon (Upper Boularioi, Mani). Figure Nine Saint Catherine in Saint John (Zoupenas, Lakonia). Figure Ten Chapel of Saint Anna in Hagios Stephanos (Kastoria). Figure Eleven Chapel of Saint Anna, Anna and Infant Mary in Hagios Stephanos (Kastoria). Figure Twelve Anna Galaktotrophousa in the Chapel of Saint Anna in Hagios Stephanos (Kastoria). Figure Thirteen Female saint flanked by her two children in the chapel of Saint Anna in Hagios Stephanos (Kastoria). Figure Fourteen Anna and infant Mary in the narthex of Hagioi Anargyroi (Kastoria). Figure Fifteen Anna and infant Mary in north aisle of Nicholas Orphanos (Thessalonike). Figure Sixteen View into narthex of Hagioi Anargyroi (Kastoria). Figure Seventeen Saints Juliane, Barbara, and Marina in the narthex of Hagios Nicholas tou kasnitzi (Kastoria). Figure Eighteen Narthex tomb in Hagios Strategos (Upper Boularioi, Mani). Figure Nineteen Last Judgment and unidentified female saints in the narthex of Episcopi (Mani). Figure Twenty Anna and infant Mary and Saint Paraskeve in koimesis (Oxylithos, Euboia).
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  • Author's Affiliation: University of Delaware/Dumbarton Oaks
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  • Year of Publication: 1998.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 00707546
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