Holy motherhood: Gender, dynasty and visual culture in the later middle ages

The value of motherhood as a sacred vocation has been expressed in art throughout history in every culture. Much of that art has been religious in nature and presents an idealized depiction of the exalted holy mother and child relationship.

The book “Holy Motherhood: Gender, Dynasty, and Visual Culture in the Later Middle Ages”, written by Elizabeth L’Estrange, a lecturer in the History of Art at the University of Birmingham in 2012 provides a historical tour of such art throughout the middle ages and presents evidence that shows just how influential art can be in creating and maintaining  social roles for women within patriarchal society.

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