Daily Archives: April 12, 2007

Welcome the Kermit Sock

p4120017.jpgYes, the new sock is now officially the Kermit sock. It has been dubbed this by two different people so this will be its new name. The yarn is behaving and the pattern is easy to memorize. Maybe requiring to sit and wait in the stash is the key. I have about 4 inches on the needles so far and it looking nice and spring-y.

I worked on the sock last night while I watched a movie last night. I would highly recommend watching Artemisia just to see how far things have come for women in the last several centuries. A few words about the film first. It is in French with English subtitles. And the subtitles are a pretty good translation (I understand French much better than I speak it. I can tell my understanding is getting better because I actually listen more than I read the subtitles.) It does have both male and female frontal nudity. It is also pretty accurate about what role of women played in the 17th century. I want to get this out of the way so that if you do decide to watch the movie, you are prepared.

In the 17th century, women’s lives were not a happy lot. And the Church dictated what women could and couldn’t do. Artemisia Gentileschi was born in 1593 and was the daughter of Orazio Gentileschi, a famous Baroque painter in his own right. At that time, famous artists had their “students” actually do quite a bit of the work while they received the credit. Artemisia, as a female, was not allowed by tradition to be an artist. But she studied under her father except that she was not allowed to study the nude male form since the Church dictated this was prohibited.

In 1612, she was denied entrance into an all-male art academy simply because she was female. Her father hired her a private tutor, Agostino Tassi, another famous artist of the time. This is where the movie picks up. At this time in history, women of a certain class were to protect their virtue at all costs. The story is that Artemisia was raped by Tassi. What really happened is lost in the mists of time. But the trail that occurred and the trauma of the alleged rape appears to have had a lasting impact on her art. I hope that you are interested enough in learning more about her by clicking on one of the links.

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Edited: The painting are left to right – Self Portrait as the Allegory of Painting, Judith Slaying Holofernes, Mary Magalene as Melancholy, and Judith and her Maidservant.

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