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July 2011

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Examining Class in the Medieval World

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Explore costumes in the pages of illuminated manuscripts, and learn how fashion in medieval Europe revealed—and could sometimes obscure—a person's wealth, status, and occupation.

Adapt the lesson "Depicting Women and Class in a Global Society" to explore how these medieval portraits reflect the events and trends of their time. Students can then think about contemporary female figures, and create portraits that convey their class through costume.

Lesson Plan: "Depicting Women and Class in a Global Society.

Exhibition: Fashion in the Middle Ages is on view at the Getty Center through August 14, 2011.

Philosophy Presenting the Seven Liberal Arts to Boethius / Coetivy Master
Philosophy Presenting the Seven Liberal Arts to Boethius (detail), attributed to the Coëtivy Master, in the Consolation of Philosophy, about 1460–70.
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