Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 294
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Jones , Leslie C. and Jonathan J. G. Alexander
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  • Title: The Annunciation to the Shepherdess [The authors explore the representation of shepherdesses in fifteenth century deluxe books of hours. There are a variety of types including eroticized figures, pious saint-like young women, and disorderly peasant dancers. The authors suggest that in many cases differences in social class are being emphasized for noble owners (both male and female) of these books of hours. Title note supplied by Feminae.].
  • Source: Studies in Iconography 24, ( 2003): Pages 165 - 198.
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  • Article Type: Journal Article
  • Subject (See Also): Art History- Painting Bible- New Testament in Art Books of Hours Iconography Illumination of Manuscripts Peasantry in Art Readers Shepherdesses in Art Social Class in Art Women in Art
  • Geographic Area: France;Low Countries
  • Century: 15
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  • Illustrations: Twelve Figures. Figure One Manuscript illumination of the Annunciation to the Shepherds, Book of hours (Oxford, University of Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Douce 144, fol. 68v.). Figure Two Manuscript illumination of an initial "D" with shepherd and shepherdess, "Chansonnier," (Montpellier, Bibliothèque de la Faculté de Médecine, H. 196, fol.112r.). Figure Three Manucript illumination of the Annunciation to the Shepherds, "De Lévis Hours," (New Haven, CT, Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, MS 400, fol. 56r). Figure Four Manuscript illumination of the Annunciation to the Shepherds, Book of hours (Vienna, Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, Cod. 1855, fol. 65v). Figure Five Manuscript illumination of the Annunciation to the Shepherds, Book of hours (Baltimore, MD, Walters Art Museum, W. 281, fol. 85r.). Figure Six Manuscript illumination of the Annunciation to the Shepherds, Book of hours, (Cambridge, Fitzwilliam Museum, MS 63, fol. 60v.). Figure Seven Manuscript illumination of the Annunciation to the Shepherds, Book of hours, (Los Angeles, CA, J. Paul Getty Museum, Ludwig IX 6, fol. 73v.). Figure Eight Manuscript illumination of the Annunciation to the Shepherds, Book of hours (Baltimore, MD, Walters Art Museum, W. 212, fol. 53r.). Figure Nine Manuscript illumination of All Saints, "Bedford Hours," (London, British Library, Add. 18850 fol. 126r.). Figure Ten Manuscript illumination of the Annunciation to the Shepherds, "Llangattock Hours," (Los Angeles, J. Paul Getty Museum, Ludwig IX 7, fol. 83v.). Figure Eleven Manuscript illumination of the Annunciation to the Shepherds, "Hours of Charles d'Angoulême," (Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, latin 1173, fol. 20v.). Figure Twelve Manuscript illumination of Saint Margaret in the fields watched by the Prefect Olybrius and his men, "Hours of Etienne Chevalier," (Paris, Musée du Louvre, Département des Arts Graphiques, MI.1093.).
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  • Author's Affiliation: Institute of Fine Arts, Institute of Fine Arts
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  • Year of Publication: 2003.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 01481029
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