Reframing ‘The Book of the City of Ladies’ in an Architectural Context
14 January 2020
Dr Penelope Haralambidou, Associate Professor at The Bartlett School of Architecture, presents a multimedia exhibition at London gallery DomoBaal, exploring Christine de Pizan’s medieval text.
The exhibition investigates the under-researched significance of the architectural and urban allegory portrayed in de Pizan's The Book of the City of Ladies, as well as in the accompanying miniature illustrations, which display different stages of the construction of the all-female city. Alongside historical research, Penelope explores de Pizan's allegorical spatial scheme through an embodied act of design that combines medieval illumination drawing techniques on vellum with digital craft and film.
City of Ladies will be open to the public from 30 January – 08 February with a special opening on Tuesday 04 February, 18:00 – 20:00.
The research is kindly supported by The Bartlett School of Architecture’s Architecture Research Fund.
Exhibition: Penelope Haralambidou
Research Assistant: John Cruwys
3 John Street
London WC1N 2ES
Image: Illustrations from ‘The Book of the City of Ladies’, Christine de Pizan, Collected Works, London, British Library, Harley MS 4431, fol. 292 (detail).