Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 8269
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Morris , Rosemary.
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  • Title: Idéaux et préjugés: la femme dans l'imagination culturelle byzantine des Xe - XIe siècles [The author briefly surveys the representation of women both in Byzantine literature and art. Drawing from the writings of Anna Komnena and Michael Psellos and, for art, from mainly manuscript illustrations, she argues that authors and artists did not attempt to represent individual women but instead commonly recognized types. Title note supplied by Feminae.].
  • Source: Femmes et pouvoirs des femmes à Byzance et en Occident (VIe -XIe siècles). Colloque international organisé les 28, 29 et 30 mars 1996 à Bruxelles et Villeneuve d'Ascq.  Edited by Stéphane Lebecq, Alain Dierkens, Régine Le Jan, and Jean-Marie Sansterre.  Centre de Recherche sur l'Histoire de l'Europe du Nord-Ouest, Université Charles de Gaulle-Lille 3, 1999.  Pages 133 - 147.
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  • Article Type: Essay
  • Subject (See Also): Byzantium Women in Art Women in Literature
  • Geographic Area: Eastern Mediterranean
  • Century: 9- 10- 11- 12
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  • Illustrations: Twelve figures. Figure One Virgin and child, mosaic, ninth century (Constantinople, Hagia Sophia, Apse). Figure Two Manuscript illustration of the widow Danielis, twelfth century (Madrid, Biblioteca Nacional, Vitr. 26-2, fol. 102a). Figure Three Saint Theoktiste and the daughters of Emperor Theophilos (Madrid, Biblioteca Nacional, Vitr. 26-2, fol. 44vÝ). Figure Four David playing the harp, manuscript illumination, tenth century (Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale, Psautier de Paris, gr. 139, fol. 1vÝ). Figure Five The Israelites cross the Red Sea, manuscript illumination, tenth century (Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale, Psautier de Paris, gr. 139, fol. 419, vÝ). Figure Six The prayer of Isaiah, manuscript illumination, tenth century (Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale, Psautier de Paris, gr. 139, fol. 435, vÝ). Figure Seven David with the personifications of Wisdom and Prophecy as women, manuscript illumination, tenth century (Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale, Psautier de Paris, gr. 139, fol. 7, vÝ). Figure Eight The daughters of Israel dancing before David, manuscript illumination, tenth century (Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale, Psautier de Paris, gr. 139, fol. 5, vÝ). Figure Nine Miriam dancing before the Israelites, mauscript illumination, ninth century (Moscow, State Historical Museum (GIM), Psautier Khludov, 129, fol. 148, vÝ). Figure Ten Christ and the Samaritan Woman, manuscript illumination, ninth century (Moscow, State Historical Museum (GIM), Psautier Khludov, 129, fol. 33 rÝ). Figure Eleven Christ with the prostitute and the woman with the issue of blood, mauscript illumination, ninth century (Moscow, State Historical Museum (GIM), Psautier Khludov, 129, fol. 86vÝ). Figure Twelve Dancing Woman from the Crown of Constantine IX Monomachos, enamel, eleventh century (Budapest, Musée d'Etat hongrois).
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  • Author's Affiliation: University of Manchester
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  • Year of Publication: 1999.
  • Language: French
  • ISSN/ISBN: 2905637358
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