Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 8003
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Roberts , Ann M.
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  • Title: Chiara Gambacorta of Pisa as Patroness of the Arts [the author argues that Prioress Chiara Gambacorta had an important role in commissioning and in choosing the subject, style, and imagery of the paintings produced for the convent of San Domenico, many of which represented female saints including Catherine of Siena and Bridget of Sweden].
  • Source: Creative Women in Medieval and Early Modern Italy: A Religious and Artistic Renaissance.  Edited by E. Ann Matter and John Coakley.  University of Pennsylvania Press, 1994.  Pages 120 - 154.
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  • Article Type: Essay
  • Subject (See Also): Art History- Painting Bridget of Sweden, Saint in Art Catherine of Siena, Saint in Art Dominican Order Gambacorta, Chiara, Prioress of San Domenico of Pisa Monasticism Nuns Patronage, Artistic Prioresses Women in Religion
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  • Geographic Area: Italy
  • Century: 14- 15
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  • Illustrations: Sixteen Figures. Figure One Marble tomb relief of Chiara Gambacorta now in the convent of San Domenico, Pisa. Figure Two~~Façade of the Church of San Domenico, Pisa. Figure Three Nuns' choir of San Domenico. Figure Four Dormitory on northern edge of cloister, San Domenico. Figure Five Giovanni di Pietro di Napoli and Martino di Bartolomeo, "Mystic Marriage of Saint Catherine of Alexandria," Pisa, Museo Nazionale di San Matteo. Figure Six Pisan Artist, "Mystic Marriage of Saint Catherine of Siena," Pisa, Museo Nazionale di San Matteo. Figure Seven Giovanni di Pietro di Napoli, "Crucifixion," Pisa, Museo Nazionale di San Matteo. Figure Eight Giovanni di Pietro di Napoli and Martino di Bartolomeo, "Altarpiece of the Virgin and Child," Pisa, Museo Nazionale di San Matteo. The saints accompanying the Virgin and Child are Bridget of Sweden, Mary Magdalene, Dominic, and John the Evangelist. Figure Nine Martino di Bartolomeo, Bridget taking dictation from an angel, from the predella, Berlin, Gemäldegalerie. Figure Ten Martino di Bartolomeo, Bridget taking dictation from Christ, from the predella. Berlin, Gemäldegalerie. Figure Twelve Martino di Bartolomeo, Bridget appearing in the dream of the princess, from the predella. Figure Thirteen Martino di Bartolomeo, Bridget interceding for shipwrecked pilgrims from the predella, Berlin, Gemäldegalerie. Figure Fourteen Manuscript illustration, Bridget inspired by heaven from the "Liber Celestic Revelationum," New York, Morgan Library, MS. 498, f. 4V. Figure Fifteen Attributed to Turino Vanni, "Saint Birgitta's Vision of the Nativity," Pisa, Museo Nazionale di San Matteo. Figure Sixteen Niccolo di Tommaso, altarpiece with Bridget's vision of the Nativity, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Johnson Collection.
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  • Author's Affiliation: University of Iowa
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  • Year of Publication: 1994.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 0812232364