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Please join us if you are at Kalamazoo. We are sponsoring an Art Exhibit and Reception this year. Come to see Marsha Pippenger’s _Dinner in the City_, collages inspired by Christine de Pizan’s _The Book of the City of Ladies_ and Judy Chicago’s _The Dinner Party_. Thursday, May 14, 2015,
1:30-3:00 Session 90: Christine de Pizan and the Visual Arts, Bernhard East Ballroom, and
3:30-5:00 Session 138: Medieval Inspiration for Modern Art, same room.
5:00-6:00 PM Art Exhibit and Reception, same room, with refreshments and cash bar.
Newly attributed MS illumination by the Master of the Cité des dames
(formerly London, British Library MS Phillips loan 36/199, now in private hands)
The illustration appears as the frontispiece to a manuscript of La Légende dorée, which is Jean de Vignay’s French translation (ca. 1333) of the Latin Golden Legend/Legenda Aurea. It depicts a man presenting his book to a queen, presumably meant to represent de Vignay and the queen who commissioned the translation, Jeanne de Bourgogne, wife of Philip VI de Valois. The illumination was first recognized as the work of the Master by art historian Hilary Maddocks.
The same Master produced the famous illumination that appears in MS Harley 4431 of Christine presenting her book to Queen Isabeau de Bavière.
The Master’s Légende dorée illumination is unique and important for several reasons. Although presentation pictures were common in secular works, this is the only example in a MS of the Légende Dorée. It is the only illumination by the Master in any MS of de Vignay’s Légende, and the sole illumination in this particular MS. Perhaps the Master made this unusual choice of subjects because he had earlier produced the famous presentation picture for Harley 4431 (ca. 1414); the Prologue to de Vignay’s translation indicates that this work was also presented to a queen. The secular subject matter may reflect the fact that the Master usually practiced his profession on secular books, including Christine’s.
Thanks to the kindness of Hilary Maddocks, we have two reproductions of the presentation picture. One is from her dissertation, see the link below. The MS containing the illumination is discussed on pages 156-57; her transcription of de Vignay’s Prologue appears on page 248; and the picture appears as Figure 66.
Courtesy of Hilary Maddocks, we also have a link to a color reproduction in the Christie’s catalog. We don’t know who purchased the MS.
Just want to let you know about the the tour beginning in March of the one-hour one-woman stage presentation of “Je Christine.” At the moment I have dates in New York, Texas and Canada in March, April and June. Let me know if you’d have any interest in my coming in for your symposium. I’ve had great support from Christinian scholars whose endorsements you can see on the website, http://www.jechristine.com, where you can also see a short video of scenes from the live presentation.
Good afternoon. Could someone direct me to an online, open access version of _The Book of the City of Ladies_ ? I haven’t been able to locate one. Thank you for your time.
thank you, its helped me with my research for my paintings that include ‘woman who are wonderful’, beverley
54th International Congress on Medieval Studies, May 9-12, 2019
Session 276, Bernhard 211 Friday, 3:30 pm
The Anxiety of Influence
“Except I Wash You”: Jean Gerson’s Theology of Penance and the Confessional Poems in the Cycle of the _Belle dame sans mercy_,
Linda Burke, Elmhurst College
Christine de Pizan against Paul the Apostle in _Cite des dames_ and _Trois Vertus_,
Margaret M. Gower, Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame
Christine de Pizan’s “Lais”: from the Musical “Viel Forge” to Textual Poetry,
Mathias Sieffert, Harvard Univ.
Session 447, Bernhard 212 Saturday, 3:30 pm
Female Authority in Word and Image: A Session in Memory of Mary Gibbons Landor
Christine de Pizan and the Empowerment of Mary Tudor,
Karen Robertson, Vassar College; Christine Reno, Vassar College
Sibylline Self-Fashioning: Christine’s Construction of Authority in the Queen’s Manuscript, Kimberly Tate Anderson, Wittenberg Univ.
Christine de Pizan: The Soul Made in the Image of God, Gender Equality, and Access to Education,
Ana Rieger Schmidt, Univ. Federal do Rio Grande do Sul