Nuns as Artists
The Visual Culture of a Medieval Convent
By (author) Jeffrey F. Hamburger
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Nuns as Artists by Jeffrey F. Hamburger
Book DescriptionJeffrey F. Hamburger's groundbreaking study of the art of female monasticism explores the place of images and image-making in the spirituality of medieval nuns during the later Middle Ages. Working from a previously unknown group of late-fifteenth-century devotional drawings made by a Benedictine nun for her cloistered companions, Hamburger discusses the distinctive visual culture of female communities. The drawings discovered by Hamburger and the genre to which they belong have never been given serious consideration by art historians, yet they serve as icons of the nuns' religious vocation in all its complexity. Setting the drawings and related imagery - manuscript illumination, prints, textiles, and metalwork - within the context of religious life and reform in late medieval Germany, Hamburger reconstructs the artistic, literary, and institutional traditions that shaped the lives of cloistered women. Hamburger convincingly demonstrates the overwhelming importance of 'seeing' in devotional practice, challenging traditional assumptions about the primacy of text over image in monastic piety. His presentation of the 'visual culture of the convent' makes a fundamental contribution to the history of medieval art and, more generally, of late medieval monasticism and spirituality.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780520203860
(254mm x 178mm x 28mm)
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 28-May-1997
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Jeffrey F. Hamburger
Sign and Design - Script as Image in Cross-Cultural Perspective (300'1600 Ce), Hardback (August 2016)
Papers from the symposium Sign and Design: Script as Image in a Cross-Cultural Perspective (300-1600 CE), October 12-14, 2012, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Washington, DC.
Leaves from Paradise, Paperback (November 2008)
A pair of leaves acquired by Houghton Library presents an opportunity to examine the illuminated sequence composed in honor of John the Evangelist, Verbum dei, deo natum, within its broader cultural context. This book presents an introduction on art and liturgy in the Middle Ages.
Crown and Veil, Hardback (April 2008)» View all books by Jeffrey F. Hamburger
A survey of female monasticism that begins with the first communities of Late Antiquity and ends with the Reformation. It focuses on the visual culture of female monasticism in the European Middle Ages.
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Author Biography - Jeffrey F. Hamburger
Jeffrey F. Hamburger is the Irving E. Houck Associate Professor in the Humanities at Oberlin College and the author of The Rothschild Canticles: Art and Mysticism in Flanders and the Rhineland circa 1300 (1990). Among his several honors are the Gustave O. Arlt Award in the Humanities (1991), and the John Nicholas Brown Prize of the Medieval Academy of America (1994).
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