The Abbatial Effigies from Quedlinburg in the Medieval and Early Modern Era
The Abbatial Effigies from Quedlinburg in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Era: In this lecture, Dr Blough discuss the three early 12th-century abbatial effigies that first visualized the identity of the convent at Quedlinburg (north Germany) and three of the subsequent abbatial images that responded to that template in times of conventual crisis. She also considers the marginalization of the effigies after the community’s conversion to Protestantism, and their reevaluation in the 19th and early 20th century.
Dr Karen Blough is Professor Emerita of Art History at SUNY Plattsborough. She received her Ph.D. from Rutgers University in 1995 with a doctoral thesis entitled ‘Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana Codex Barberini latinus 711: A Late Tenth-Century Illustrated Gospel Lectionary from Reichenau’. She regularly presents her work on early medieval manuscript illumination and female abbatial patronage in the Middle Ages at conferences, including among others the Medieval Academy, the St. Louis Conference on Manuscript Studies, the International Medieval Congress at Leeds (UK), and the Annual International Conference on Medieval Studies at Kalamazoo (Michigan). Her book with Brill, A Companion to the Abbey of Quedlinburg in the Middle Ages, was published in November 2022.
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Image Credit: Dr Karen Blough