'Sisters of Magdalene: Women's Mourning in Aemilia Lanyer's Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum'

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This article offers a close reading of Lanyer's poem of the passion, set within the context of material practices of painting and cosmetic usage. I argue that Lanyer negotiates post-Reformation associations between painting and idolatry in order to appropriate women's visual representations--including the decoration of their physical bodies--toward a redemptive portrayal of Christian women's service and submission to Christ.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)78-106
Number of pages28
JournalELR: English Literary Renaissance
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2001



  • Aemilia Lanyer
  • early modern lyric poetry
  • Visual culture
  • cosmetics
  • painting
  • material culture
  • idolatry

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