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F17 French - HISTORY 316 / MEMS 316 / WOMENSTD 316 - Women and Gender in Medieval Europe: 500-1500 - Noel Gallery

This sculpture represents an angel bending slightly toward the left with his head tilted downward. Carved slots in his back would have held his wings, and the figure has lost his forearms and hands as well as his legs below the knees.
French
Angel
1295 - 1305
limestone with polychrome |
Gift of the Friends of the University of Michigan Museum of Art for the Paul Leroy Grigaut Memorial Collection
1969/2.157
This enamel roundel depicts three figures in an interior. In the foreground a man with a soft pointed cap maneuvers small round loaves of bread in an oven with a long wooden paddle. Behind him a woman with an elaborate headdress and another figure prepare more loaves for baking. The silvery gray tones of this grisaille enamel impart the scene with a subtle luminosity.
Jean de Court, called Vigier
Baking Bread, Labor of the Month for December
1540 - 1560
enamel |
Museum Purchase
1977/1.168
This rectangular panel depicts four sacred figures rendered in dark hues with passages of vibrant red against a gold background. The upper edge of the gilded frame bears the prayer known as the "Hail Mary" ("Ave Maria Gratia Plena Domin[us tecum]").
Umbrian;Italian
Madonna and Child with St. Thomas Aquinas and a Bishop Saint
1440 - 1480
tempera and gold | panel
Gift of Alice Berle Crawford
1992/1.134
A nude woman with long hair flowing down her back grasps a tree branch with her right hand and bends it downward in order to more easily pluck the green fruit dangling at its tip with her left hand. Her white body contrasts starkly with the darker tones of the surrounding landscape. The less conspicuous figure of a serpent with the head of a bearded man coils about the trunk of the tree next to the woman and fixes her with his stare.
Defendente Ferrari
Eve Tempted by the Serpent
1520 - 1525
tempera | panel
Museum Purchase
1967/1.38
This carved bone sculpture depicts the Virgin Mary raising her right hand in a gesture of grief while her head is bent in mourning. A similar female figure, holding her hands clasped before her, appears in profile behind the Virgin, and another female figure stands to the left. Behind the mourning women the pointed helmets worn by two soldiers may be discerned.
Embriachi Workshop, Venice, Italy
The Mourning Virgin and holy women (fragment of a Crucifixion from a portable altarpiece)
1395 - 1405
bone |
Presented in memory of Rosalie Eisenberg
1976/2.102
This painted panel depicts an intimate domestic setting consisting of a bedchamber with a fireplace and a smaller vaulted antechamber that opens out on a garden. A haloed woman wearing a white veil rests in bed, having recently given birth. She leans to her right as she reaches toward a basin held by an attendant and looks across the room to the infant who is held on the lap of another servant. A halo also encircles the head of the child and a pair of angels fly above her. Several other attendants and midwives bustle about the room, while another woman, more richly clad than the servants, gazes on the child from her seat at the foot of the bed. In the antechamber sits a haloed man in a long white beard, who leans forward to hear news of the birth from the child standing in front of him. A companion sits behind him and a servant passes through the door into the bedchamber.
Sano di Pietro
The Nativity of the Virgin
1448 - 1452
tempera and gold | panel
Museum purchase made possible by the Thirtieth Anniversary Project and the Friends of the Museum of Art
1977/2.1
The profile bust of a young woman is depicted in the well of this dish. The rim features a variety of grotesque ornament, including two winged, serpent-like creatures with human heads, whose tails interlace at the top of the plate. Cornucopias full of fruit appear beneath these creatures, followed by weapons and shields, one of which bears the date 1526. At the bottom appears the head of a cherub supporting a vase of fruit.
Nicola da Urbino
Dish (Tondino) with portrait of a young woman and grotesque decoration
1526
tin-glazed earthenware (maiolica) |
Museum Purchase
1965/2.79
Bust of Madonna with head facing down and to the side. The main sculpture is of wood with layers of paint on the face and veil.
Bohemian
Schöne Madonna
1395 - 1405
polychromed wood |
Gift of an anonymous donor
2013/1.227
Side A: Etched pendant lined with gilt border with image of two figures, male and female.<br />
Side B: One main figure with a staff surrounded by many figures.
Artist Unknown, Northern Italy
Double-sided Pendant with the Annunciation and the Resurrection
1467 - 1499
silver nielloed with gilt copper frame |
Museum purchase made possible by the Director's Acquisition Committee, 2015
2015/1.377A&B
A nude woman is seen in profile crouching and turning her head toward the viewer. She is backed up against a short pedestal or wal, on top of which a winged cupid bends towards the woman. On the right side is a slender tree, and behind the figures is an expansive landscape.
Marcantonio Raimondi
Crouching Venus
1505 - 1506
engraving | laid paper
Museum Purchase
1984/1.289
The majestic figure of the Virgin with the infant Christ on her lap sits enthroned in the center of this painted panel. Her elaborate throne rests upon a dais and is enclosed on three sides by panels bristling with Gothic ornament. Two bishop saints holding croziers stand at the foot of the dais accompanied by two other saints who stand behind them, while fourteen angels crowd the background.
Jacopo del Casentino
Enthroned Madonna and Child with angels and Saints Louis of Toulouse, Zenobius, John the Evangelist, and John the Baptist
1320 - 1330
tempera and gold | panel
Museum Purchase
1960/2.123
The body of the tankard is decorated with two narrow bands of gilded abstract vegetal ornament around the neck and base, separated by a wider band that features three repoussé medallions alternating with three bosses. Each medallion depicts a standing nude female: one of the nudes appears in an interior holding a dagger to her chest; another holds a sword and a man's head and stands beside a female companion; the third holds an elongated arrow with a blindfolded cupid at her feet. The cast handle consists of a clawed bird's foot grasping a ball at the base, followed by a satyr mask, a bound female nude, and, surmounting the handle, the bust of a warrior. The lid, a later addition, bears a wreath with a series of initials and the date 1639.
German
Tankard with Lid and scenes of Judith, Lucretia, and Venus
1600 - 1639
repoussé and engraved silver, partially gilded
Museum Purchase
1966/2.18

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