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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


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This course is part of the Summer Programme 2022.

To apply for this course, please enrol on the programme above, and then select the courses you wish to study. For more information about Summer Programmes please visit our Summer Programmes Page.

Images of women are prominent even dominant in medieval art. Saints and sinners, from the exalted Virgin Mary or courtly lady to the fallen Eve or Whore of Babylon, female images were used to represent the extremes of experience and ethics. This course explores the kaleidoscopic representations of women in medieval Europe from 1000 to the later Middle Ages. This was a time of dramatic change in the production and use of religious and secular images. In these centuries, women emerge as patrons and users of images, while mystics and queens promoted iconographic innovation. Often the apparent polarities of gender and role were blended and subverted to create a rich and subtle visual code. As viewers, makers and patrons women engaged with, shaped and created visual art, perhaps at times the other restrictions on their lives made visual culture particularly important to their self-presentation and the making of meaning. This course will look at a whole variety of media, including murals, manuscripts, embroideries and ivory carvings throughout the whole time period and from different parts of Europe.


Course dates

31 Jul 2022 to 06 Aug 2022

Course duration

1 week

Apply by

26 Jun 2022

Course director


International Summer Programme
Sidgwick Site
United Kingdom

Qualifications / Credits

Credits dependent on home institution

Teaching sessions

Meetings: 5

Course code