Gynaeceum, sive Theatrum mulierum

Gynaeceum, sive Theatrum mulierum Facsimile Edition

Frankfurt am Main (Germany) — 1586

122 woodcut illustrations of women from various nations and costumes, in hierarchical order, from empresses and queens to nuns and servants

  1. Gynaeceum comes from Ancient Greece and literally means “of or belonging to women”

  2. The text was a collaboration between Conrad Lautenbach (1534–95) and Franciscus Modius (1556–97)

  3. It was adorned by Jost Amman (1539–91), one of the last great producers of woodcuts for books

Gynaeceum, sive Theatrum mulierum

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Gynaeceum, sive Theatrum mulierum

The Gynaeceum, sive Theatrum mulierum is a comprehensive catalog of female costumes from across Europe, which was created by the Swiss-German artist Jost Amman and the Flemish poet Franciscus Modius. Published in Frankfurt in 1586, the introduction states that it was dedicated “To the Most Serene Lady Isabella of Austria, Queen of France”. The term Gynaeceum comes from Ancient Greece and means the “part of the house reserved for women” or literally “of or belonging to women” and the work is part of the Theatrum genre of literature which consisted of encyclopedic works on various subjects. Although paternalistic in its treatment of women, the work is nonetheless a useful source on how European women dressed in the 16th century.

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Alternative Titles
Im Frauwenzimmer wirt vermeldt von allerley schönen Kleidungen unnd Trachten der Weiber ...: sampt einer kurtzen Beschreibg. durch den wolgelehrten Thrasibulum Torrentinum Mutislariensem
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Germany
Date
1586
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Illustrations
122 woodcuts
Content
Moralizing treatise on women's costumes
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Facsimile Editions

#1 Im Frauwenzimmer wirt vermeldt von allerley schönen Kleidungen unnd Trachten der Weiber ...: sampt einer kurtzen Beschreibg. durch den wolgelehrten Thrasibulum Torrentinum Mutislariensem

Insel Verlag – Frankfurt, 1971

Publisher: Insel Verlag – Frankfurt, 1971
Commentary: 1 volume
Language: German
1 volume: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size) Reproduction of the entire original document as detailed as possible (scope, format, colors). The binding may not correspond to the original or current document binding.
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