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Judith Steinhoff
University of Houston (Houston, TX 77204-0001)

Grief in Italian Gothic Art

A book-length study of the relationship between images of grieving in paintings and the public display of grief in late medieval Italy.

My project is a book on the ways that 14th-century Italian religious images shaped viewers’ understanding of religiously and socially acceptable grieving behaviors. While the focus is religious images in the church and in the home, also integral to the project are their relationships to sermons, religious plays, conduct literature, and laws regulating funerals. All of these “media”, widely known to the 14th-century public, I argue, informed each other and reinforced acceptable expressions of grief, particularly, but not only, for women. My work reveals that gendered social behaviors were encoded even in pictures created primarily for purposes of prayer and spiritual edification. It thus brings a wholly new perspective to the functioning of religious visual and performative imagery, and identifies a previously unexamined path of transmission for gendered behavioral expectations in 14th-century Italy.

Project fields:
Art History and Criticism

Summer Stipends

Research Programs

Total amounts:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2016 – 7/31/2016