INTERSEXUALITY IN PICTURES: HERMAPHRODITES AND GENDER FLUIDITY IN MEDIEVAL ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPTS

 

God with Our Lady's attributes

Ms. Ludwig IX 10 (83.ML.106), fol. 264

Hermaphrodites

Medieval depiction of a hermaphrodite (courtesy of Cornell University Library)

Transgender Monks

St. Marinos the Monk, holding his child, Harley 2253

Splendor solis

London, British Library, Harley MS 3469, fol. 19v

The Vagina Christi

Psalter and Prayer Book of Bonne de Luxembourg, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Cloisters Collection

Transgender Saints

St Eugenia, Le procès d'Eugène-Eugénie, Vincent de Beauvais, Speculum Historiale, BnF, Arsenal manuscrit 5080 fol 154 c. 1335 (enlumineur : Mahiet)

Hilarion the Eunuch/Begoas

The J. Paul Getty Museum,
Ms. Ludwig XV 8 (83.MR.178), fol. 133v

Das Buch der Heiligen Dreifaltigkeit (Book of the Holy Trinity)

Abbey of St. Gallen in Switzerland, MS 428

Christ gives birth to the Church

Codex Vindobonensis 2554, fol. 2v (France, 1225)
Österreichische Nationalbibliothek

The hermaphrodite Adam „… fecit ipsum masculofeminam“

Amiens, Bibliothèque municipale, MS Lescalopier 030, fol. 10v