THE FOLLOWING IS FOR ANYONE INTERESTED IN THE DEPICTION OF DISABILITY IN MEDIEVAL ART

Images-of-medieval-disability

I have decided to make publicly and freely available, for a variety of reasons, my personal research database (aka a basic Excel spreadsheet) on the representation of medieval disability in medieval media (illuminated manuscripts, paintings, sculpture). The file above, in Excel .xls format, will hopefully allow anyone with an interest in this topic to pursue further research, or simply to find images and depictions. It has not been possible for me to build something as sophisticated as a database including the actual images, so this file really is very basic. Each entry covers:

  • a basic description of who or what is being represented
  • the place/region where the artwork was made or found
  • the date (if known) or at least approximate period when it was made
  • the present location, such as museum, for objects other than manuscript illuminations
  • the library, if in a manuscript
  • the manuscript shelfmark
  • the maker, artist or author (if known)
  • keyword category 1, 2, 3 and 4

Given this information, and  the increased digitisation of (especially) medieval manuscripts, anyone interested in this should be able to locate the actual images through a library or other online resource.

As it stands, there are some 670 entries, so allowing for a few duplications more or less 650 representations of medieval disability. It is unlikely I will be keeping the database up to date with further entries in future, so please feel free to download and make use of it in whatever form you like.