Category Archive 'Gothic Period'

30 Nov 2017

“Most Beautiful Woman of the Middle Ages”

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Uta von Ballenstedt (c. 1000 — 23 October before 1046), a member of the House of Ascania, was Margravine of Meissen from 1038 until 1046, the wife of Margrave Eckard II. She is also called Uta of Naumburg.

When Umberto Eco was asked with which women from European art he would most like to spend the evening, he replied: “In first place, ahead of all others, with Uta von Naumburg.

07 Aug 2013

“Most Beautiful Woman of the Middle Ages”

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Naumberg Master, Uta von Ballenstedt (c. 1000 — after 23 October, 1046) Margravine of Meissen, wife of Eckard II, one of twelve founders of the Naumberger Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul, Mid-13th century.

The statue of Uta von Ballenstedt has been called the image of “the most beautiful woman of the German Middle Ages,” and was designated a model of ideal German art, “an Aryan Madonna” by the Nazis.

Hat tip to Ratak Monodosico.


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