Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Illuminating Women in the Medieval World at the J. Paul Getty Museum

"The Annunciation" (1525 – 1530) by Simon Bening (Flemish, about 1483 - 1561). Tempera colors, gold paint, and gold leaf on parchment. Leaf: 16.8 × 11.4 cm (6 5/8 × 4 1/2 in.). The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Ms. Ludwig IX 19, fol. 13v
LOS ANGELES---Modern portrayals of medieval women tend toward stereotypical images of damsels in distress, mystics in convents, female laborers in the fields, and even women of ill repute. In fact, women’s roles in the Middle Ages were varied and nuanced, and medieval depictions of womanhood were multi-faceted. "Illuminating Women in the Medieval World," on view June 20 –September 17, 2017 at the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, reveals the vibrant and complex medieval representations of women, real and imagined, who fill the texts and images within illuminated manuscripts. [More]

The J. Paul Getty Museum: "Illuminating Women in the Medieval World" (June 20 - September 17, 2017);