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Karen Elisabeth Blough
SUNY Research Foundation, College at Plattsburgh (Plattsburgh, NY 12901-2637)

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$5,000 (approved)
$5,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2006 – 10/31/2006

Patronage of the Visual Arts by the Royal Abbesses of Essen and Quedlinburg in the Middle Ages

I am writing a monograph in which I view the role of women in medieval Germany through the lens of the artistic patronage of the royal abbesses of Essen and Quedlinburg. The study opens with a chapter on medieval German history and the concept of the royal convent system. In the second chapter, I discuss the histories of Essen and Quedlinburg. The third and fourth chapters constitute an analysis of commissions that can be linked to the royal abbesses. In my final chapter, I indicate how foregrounding the material evidence for the self-image and function of the royal abbesses can further our understanding of the role of the visual arts and of their female patrons within the sacro-political context of the German Middle Ages.