Bathsheba in Late Medieval French Manuscript Illumination

Author: Walker Vadillo, Monica Ann
Year:2008
Pages:176
ISBN:0-7734-5243-5
978-0-7734-5243-5
Price:179.95
This study examines the visual representations of David watching Bathsheba bathing in French manuscript illuminations from the middle of the fifteenth to the sixteenth century. The author applies contemporary theories of the gaze to this medieval subject to consider the various interpretations of Bathsheba’s agency in the event of David’s adultery. This book contains 14 color photographs.

Reviews

“Mónica Walker Vadillo has devoted her study on the analysis of such pictures that were created in the religious sphere of late medieval France and, in particular, on the encounter of the Old Testament King David and Bathsheba. ... Descriptions and interpretations of those pictures by art historians and researchers into visual culture exist in a substantial number. Many of them, however, have not taken into account the possibilities and varieties of meaning and different evaluations that may have been connected with the perception of the pictures.” – Gerhard Jaritz, Professor of Medieval Studies, Central European History

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
List of Illustrations
Preface by Gerhard Jaritz
1 Setting the Stage
2 The Story of King David and the Visual Representations of His Narrative
3 Bathsheba: Between Clothes and Nudity
4 The Context of Nudity, the Gaze and Its Visual Representation
5 Bathsheba in Context
Conclusion
Bibliography
Figures
Catalogue
Appendix
Index