[HNW] Medieval Virtures and Vices
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Tue Nov 6 16:21:29 PST 2007
At 07:11 PM 11/6/2007, you wrote:
>You might suggest that she talk to the Scribal Community. As I have
>been doing research for my Altercloth project I have looked at a
>fair amount of 12th to 14th century art.
>You really need to know the legend or story of the image you are
>looking at to pick up the virtues and vices. It's more of an imagery thing.
>For example I kept looking for images of the seven demons cast out
>of Mary Magdalen. We hear seven demons, turns out that I was
>looking for the seven vices. I actually found more inscriptions of
>the vices than illuminations with demons. Although, there is one
>with 7 little red devils all around her.
>Also, it's sometimes the action or lack of action of the figures
>that represent a vice. So there is no object in a lot of cases.
>If I were her I would look two places. Books on Religious Symbolism
>in Art or she could easily find books about the Biblia Pauperum,
>(The mirrors Salvation). I wasn't looking for Vices and Virtues
>but, the art would translate really well since there is a lot of woodcut work.
>Unless she is really attached to the idea of Medieval, late period
>(emblem books) would give her images that other people would
>understand. Of course there are those of us that like the
>explanations. If she wants to do figural work from an early figure
>she might think of the Wise and Foolish virgins instead. They turn
>up all the time in 14th century and would make a great quilt. She
>can find a bunch in Web Art Museums. OK, sorry to have gone on for so long.
>PS. I just got back from my trip to Germany. I know someone is
>going. The little Kestner Museum in Hanover was wonderful. Seven
>Altercloths from the 14th and 15th century's. (4 embroidery styles
>and a few more small ones in a pull out drawer case. Very cool!
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