Pretty medieval manuscript of the day is a lovely, richly illuminated gradual dating from around 1473.
Image source: St. Gallen Stiftsbibliothek Cod. Sang. 1758. Creative Commons licensed via e-codices.
The Book of the City of Ladies (1405), or Le Livre de la Cité des Dames, is perhaps Christine de Pizan’s most famous literary work, and it is her second work of lengthy prose. The book serves as her response to Jean de Meun’s The Romance of the Rose. Christine combats Meun’s misogynist beliefs by creating an allegorical city of ladies. She defends women by collecting a wide array of famous females throughout history. These women are “housed” in the City of Ladies, which is actually Christine’s book. As Christine builds her city, she uses each famous woman as a building block for not only the walls and houses of the city, but also as building blocks for her defense of female rights. Each woman added to the city adds to Christine’s argument towards women as active participants in society. She also advocates for female and male equality within the realm of education. (wiki)
Hildegard of Bingen
Liber Divinorum Operum: Second Vision, German Romanesque
Lucca, Bibl Governativa Ms. 1942, folio 9r
My Lady Carey’s Dompe - Música Cortesana en la Europa de Juana I de Castilla (1479-1555) by Eduardo Paniagua & Música Antigua
This woman looks like she disapproves of everything and I love it.
Portrait of a Woman, c. 1430
Oil on panel
Rogier van der Weyden