This unit analyses visual sources that represent women in the late Medieval and Early Modern era (between 1300 and 1700). Images of women in a variety of media (e.g. painting, prints, sculpture) will be examined to explore how visual images together with texts and the liturgy helped create the ways in which women (and men) lived their faith. In addition to studying visual images of women, we will also consider the historical role of women, both lay and religious as patrons and audiences of visual images. Our study unfolds against the background of such movements as the emergence of a distinctive female spirituality in the Late Middle ages and the upheavals of the Reformation in the Early Modern period.

Unit Code: CH3210Y

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit Discipline: Church History

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Yarra Theological Union

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Learning Outcomes


Identify some of the iconographic themes related to the representation of women in the Christian tradition c. 1300-1700 (e.g Eve and other women of the Old Testament, Mary, the Mother of God, and female saints)


Describe and analyse art works in various media created in the periods studied


Evaluate the concept of gender as a category for understanding how the visual and religion intersected to influence representations of women c. 1300 – 1700


Distinguish some of the various methods (iconographic, contextual, etc.) that art historians use to interpret visual art


Articulate critical historical arguments in both in oral and written work


Lectures, tutorials, class visit to the National Gallery of Victoria


Name Description Weight (%)

A written visual and iconographic description and analysis of a painting or sculpture. 1000 words

Oral Presentation

A fifteen minute oral presentation describing and analyzing a work chosen in consultation with the instructor. This oral report counts as 1000 words


A 3000 word research essay


Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 1 Nov, 2014

Unit Record last updated: 2019-03-25 10:38:25 +1100