The Dug-Up Remains Put The Spotlight on Role of Women & Art in Medieval Europe

A strange discovery on a woman’s art career was made when the modern scientists examined the body of a woman in Germany that died and was buried in an unmarked grave in the German churchyard over a thousand years ago. To the surprise of the scientists, they found excellent blue spots in the tartar on her teeth. These distinctive blue spots were identified as a semi-precious and highly valued stone, lapis lazuli. Lapis Lazuli is as expensive as gold and had changed the European color palette as a brilliant blue pigment was produced from it. From this discovery, the scientists came to a conclusion that the woman excelled in an art of creating illuminated manuscripts which is a task that was mostly mastered by the monks.

This study further acknowledged the crafting of illuminated manuscripts with high attributes to that of the woman’s involvement in it as a most direct indication that the women artists were not as rare as earlier predicted. These high quality and extravagant manuscripts are the illustrated religious and secular texts of the Middle Ages.

Alison Beach, a professor of medieval history at Ohio State University stated this research as a big achievement for her field. In her statement, she mentioned it as the unimaginable discovery of a women’s artistic and literary work. She believes that this can change the biased perception of people among women artists and their engagement in various activities as compared to men for whom things are much better documented.

The very rare and expensive Lapis Lazuli has amazed the scientists who were expecting nothing like it and has stirred the interest in an extraordinary study between the human remains and the work of the scribes that has additionally opened questions about the rarely known yet brilliant work of the female artisans.

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