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Title :

Picturing intimacy in a Spanish Golden Age convent

Author :
TAGGARD, Mindy Nancarrow ;
Publication year :
2000
Language :
English ;
Abstract :
Recently, scholars are beginning to examine the visual culture of female convents, including art made by nuns. In the not-too-distant past nuns' art was judged by the standards in place for professional artists and dismissed as amateurish. This study (re)examines five paintings produced by three or more 16th-c. discalced Carmelites in Valladolid [Convento de la Concepción]. Conceived for private viewing only by nuns, the unusual Christ of the pictures corresponds to a (gendered) Carmelite prayer defined by the saintly reformer, Teresa of Avila, in books. For her nuns in community the paintings stimulated prayer with vivid reminders of the Bridegroom to whom they were joined in spiritual matrimony at the time of their profession. This ideal Christ and spouse validated them when a patriarchal church dismissed them because they were women. The article concludes the five pictures served a unifying function within the Valladolid convent in difficult times following the death of Teresa, when Carmelite friars sought to increase control over her nascent female religious foundations. ;
Pagination/Size :
6 ill. ;
Topic :
530 - BIBLIOGRAPHIE D'HISTOIRE DE L'ART ;
French keywords :
Artistes ; Carmélites ; Christ ; Ecrits ; Espagne ; Femmes ; Iconographie ; Iconographie chrétienne ; Maison religieuse féminine ; Peinture ; Religieuses ; Saints ; Sexe (catégorie) ; Thérèse d'Ávila, sainte, 1515-1582 ; Valladolid (ESP), Convento de la Concepción ; 1500-1600 ;
Descriptors :
Artists ; Carmelites ; Christian iconography ; Gender (sex) ; Iconography ; Jesus Christ ; Nuns ; Painting ; Saints ; Spain ; Teresa of Ávila, S., 1515-1582 ; Valladolid (ESP), Convento de la Concepción ; Women ; Women's religious houses ; Writings ; 1500-1600 ;
Document type :
Article ;
Source :
Oxford art journal, 2000, 23, 1
INIST identifier :
24985487 ;
ISSN :
ISSN 0142-6540 ;
Provenance :
Bibliographie d'Histoire de l'Art ;
Publisher :
Setsquare, Oxford
Publisher country :
UNITED KINGDOM ;