Item Number: 113522
Title: Hay mas en ti : Imagenes de la mujer en la Edad Media (siglos XIII-XV) : Plus est en vous : Images de la femme au Moyen-Age (XIIIe-XVe siecle) [There is More in You. Images of Women in the Middle Ages (13th-15th Centuries)]
Author: Charles, Corinne (ed)
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Description: Bilbao: Museo de Bellas Artes, 2011. 2 vols. 27cm., pbk., 456, 144pp., illus., most in color. Exhibition catalogue. Spanish-French text. Summary: Produced by the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum, the exhibition is seen as a decisive contribution to mediaeval studies of women. With this in mind, it will be offering a broad and varied repertoire of objets d'art showing images or scenes featuring women. The idea is, then, to examine the contributions made by art from the 13th to the 15th centuries to iconography of the female and, on the basis of the art produced, assess its function in mediaeval society and how it evolved over the period in question. Independent art curator Corinne Charles, who is leading the scientific side of the project, has spent more than four years doing the research required to gather together a surprising set of valuable paintings, sculptures, textiles, silversmith and goldsmith work, manuscripts, furniture and other examples of the applied arts from leading European museums. The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid, the National Art Museum of Catalonia, the Louvre, the Bibliothèque nationale and the Musée des Arts décoratifs, both in Paris, the Musée National du Moyen-Âge at Cluny, the National Gallery, London, the National Museum of Denmark in Copenhaguen, the Accademia Carrara in Bérgamo, Italy, and the Historisches Museum in Basel, among others, have all loaned works for the exhibition.Beginning with the strongly idealized feminine models from the early Gothic period, with the Virgin Mary as the signature icon, fifty or so works will explore the variety of roles women played and how such roles were transformed during the Middle Ages. The exhibition title, There is more in you, which echoes the motto of the highly respected and learned Flemish collector of manuscripts from the 15th century Louis de Bruges, underscores this multiplicity of roles and images that runs the gamut from Marian iconography of the late Gothic period, the gallant scenes of courtly literature, satire, which insisted on woman’s natural inclination to sin, heroines and women of letters, on through to the ladies of leisure and pleasure. Several other leading specialists have been asked to work on the exhibition, and their contributions to the catalogue trace a complete overview of the theme, exploring major issues such as women and power, educational models, female health and beauty and the legal status and economic and political roles of women.
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