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Late medieval enclosed gardens of the Low Countries : contributions to gender and artistic expression / Barbara Baert.

By: Baert, Barbara [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Studies in iconology: 2.Publisher: Leuven : Peeters, 2016Description: 110 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9789042932333; 9042932333.Subject(s): Altarpieces -- Benelux countries | Altarpieces -- Belgium -- Mechelen | Art -- Benelux countries -- Themes, motives | Christian art and symbolism -- Benelux countries | Sex role in art | Nature in art | Paradise in art | 704.9 -- Arts IconographySummary: During the Late Middle Ages a unique type of 'mixed media' recycled and remnant art arose in houses of religious women in the Low Countries: Enclosed Gardens. These are retables, sometimes with painted side panels, the central section filled not only with narrative sculpture, but also with all sorts of trinkets and hand-worked textiles. Adornments include relics, wax medallions, gemstones set in silver, pilgrimage souvenirs, parchment banderoles, flowers made from textiles with silk thread, semi-precious stones, pearls and quilling (a decorative technique using rolled paper). The ensemble is an impressive and one-of-a-kind display and presents as an intoxicating garden. In this essay the exceptional heritage of such Enclosed Gardens is interpreted from a range of approaches. The Enclosed Garden is studied as a symbol of paradise and mystical union, as the sanctuary of interiority, as the sublimation of the sensorium (in particular the sense of smell), as a typical gendered product, and as a centre of psycho-energetic creative processes.--Back cover.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

During the Late Middle Ages a unique type of 'mixed media' recycled and remnant art arose in houses of religious women in the Low Countries: Enclosed Gardens. These are retables, sometimes with painted side panels, the central section filled not only with narrative sculpture, but also with all sorts of trinkets and hand-worked textiles. Adornments include relics, wax medallions, gemstones set in silver, pilgrimage souvenirs, parchment banderoles, flowers made from textiles with silk thread, semi-precious stones, pearls and quilling (a decorative technique using rolled paper). The ensemble is an impressive and one-of-a-kind display and presents as an intoxicating garden. In this essay the exceptional heritage of such Enclosed Gardens is interpreted from a range of approaches. The Enclosed Garden is studied as a symbol of paradise and mystical union, as the sanctuary of interiority, as the sublimation of the sensorium (in particular the sense of smell), as a typical gendered product, and as a centre of psycho-energetic creative processes.--Back cover.

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