Figurae are images of art objects, architecture, archaeological remains, site-plans, and maps related to religious women and their communities.

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Traditionally, mainstream history and art history has neglected women's creation and patronage of the arts, as well as the architecture and art of medieval women's communities.

Hence our Figurae contain two kinds of images:

  1. Images representantive of a broad range of communities, artists, genres, regions, and periods.
  2. Images of objects and architecture previously unknown or neglected by other scholars.

Our purpose is to collect and make easily accessible well described images that are normally difficult for scholars, students, and teachers to find. We are grateful to our collaborators at the Beinecke Library of Yale University, the Index of Christian Art at Princeton University, and the Getty Research Institute, among others.

PLEASE NOTE: All images published here remain the property of original creators or owners. Please observe laws of copyright and fair use.