"The wealthy Katerina Lemmel entered the Maria Mai monastery in 1516--and rebuilt it. In Katerina's windows, readers can observe how stained glass was donated and commissioned and witness spectators' reaction to it, ranging from critical aesthetic assessments to iconoclastic acts"--Dust jacket flap.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -551) and index.
Examines 58 letters written by Katerina Lemmel, a wealthy Nuremberg widow, who in 1516 entered the abbey of Maria Mai in south Germany, and rebuilt the monastery using her own resources and the donations she solicited from relatives.
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Looking through words, numbers, images, buildings, and melodies : glimpses of childhood and marriage, investment and donation, in the Nuremberg of Katerina Imhoff Lemmel, 1466-1516 --
Disappearing behind veils and walls with windows : Katerina's rituals and rhetoric of passage in June 1516 --
Opening windows of communication : building and business: letters from 1516 --
Sitting at the window : news of shattered promises and bad returns: letters from February through July 1517 --
Windows of opportunity : bad times, singing for saffron, sights and sounds, scents and tastes of commemoration: letters from August through December 1517 --
Writing by window light, singing by candlelight : benefactions through windows to the world outside: letters from 1518 --
Windows under scrutiny: letters from 1519 --
Some good eyeglasses: letters from 1520-1522 --
Breaking windows : violent clashes in the Peasants' War of 1525 --
Now through a glass darkly, but then face to face : Katerina's last letter, last words, and last will --
Conclusion: Moving forward with a glance in the rearview mirror.