Early Women Masters East and West
Early Women Masters East & West — Ancient to Early Modern
Art, Music, Poetry, Myth & Spirituality
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Above: THREE BRUSHES by modernist Mary Fedden (1915-2012) 
from Fedden's gorgeous online art exhibit at THE ROCKING CHAIR

More modernist Women Artists at this site include:
DADA with Sophie Taeuber-Arp (1889-1943)
• Sonia Delaunay's (1885-1979) studies in ABSTRACTION & COLOR
NATURAL ABSTRACTION with Georgia O'Keeffe (1887-1986)

Emily Dickinson's Nature Mysticism : A Clickable Poetic Labyrinth
Explore a clickable, 4-circuit-meander and multi-page labyrinth, comprised of 32 mystic poems by Emily Dickinson, each combining nature spirituality with travel imagery. The site includes related commentary adapted from ED's own poems and letters, along with a guide to Emily Dickinson's Herbarium along with links to botanical illustrations. As a comparative interior, nature mystic journey, a searchable, one-page copy of St. Teresa of Avila's great masterpiece, The Interior Castle, is also provided. Offsite: have a look at Dickinsongs — a tribute to Emily Dickinson's Philosophy of the Small.  
  ANCIENT CHINESE TAOISM  
THE FEMININE TAO
(Gender-Inclusive Translations of the Tao Te Ching)
Hyperlinked Bibliography: Women Authors on the Tao Te Ching
Picturing Tao & Picturing I Ching (Enigmatic & Nature Photography)
Way of ENSŌ (Enigmatic Circles!!) | Uncarved WOOD

Hymning the Tao Te Ching
(Literal 81 Chapter Chinese-English Study Version)
Crookback: Women Masters in the Chuang-tzu
Magical Calligraphy of Tokai Okon
Mary Cassatt & Spiritual Alchemy
Immortal Sister Sun Bu-er
(Taoist Poetry & Historical Legend)

EARLY WOMEN ARTISTS
WOMEN ARTISTS AT THE EASEL (1540-1980)
The Flemish Renaissance painter Caterina van Hemessen (b.1528) created the first self-portrait of any artist (male or female) depicted with brush and palette working at an easel. Her achievement is celebrated here with a slideshow including twenty-three additional self portraits by great women artists, spanning more than 400 years and 12 countries of origin:


Alice Bailey, Self Portrait (1917, detail)
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Caterina Van Hemessen (1548) | Sofonisba Anguissola (1556) | Artemisia Gentileschi (1639) | Judith Leyser (1630's) | Elisabetta Sirani (1660's) | Anna Waser (1691) | Angelica Kauffman (1781) | Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun (1782) | Anne Vallayer-Coster (1783) | Adélaïde Labille-Guiard (1785) | Marie-Guillemine Benoist (1790) | Marie-Victoire Lemoine (ca. 1796) | Marie Ellenrieder (1819) | Anna Bilinska Bohdanowicz (b. 1857) | Rosa Bonheur (1857) | Mary Cassatt (1876) | Berthe Morisot (1885) | Alice Pike Barney (1905) | Zinaida Serebriakova (1907) | Alice Bailly (1917) | Suzanne Valadon (1937) | Frida Kahlo (1941) | Bridget Riley (1965) | Alice Neel (1980)
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See also slideshow of FRIDA KAHLO Self Portraits!
Illustration above: Frida Kahlo with (her pet parrot) Bonito (1941)
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ART & MYTHOLOGY 
Ancient Greek Hymn to Demeter  |  Bibliography
*Sappho or another female author for the Hymn? | Cast of Characters
Offsite at Wordpress: Journeys with Demeter & Plato
Above: Rhea (L-441), Great Mother Goddess Figurine, Crete ca. 1200 BCE

 Episodes of the Demeter Myth by Line Number
Ancient Greek, Transliteration and Translation: Citations from
Feminist & Other Commentary, Art & Photo Illustrations, Glossary

(001-014)
The Narcissus
(015-032)
Abduction
(033-050)
Novena
(051-061)
Hecate/Moon
(062-089)
Helios/Sun
(090-104)
Descent
(105-117)
The Well
(118-144)
Doso's Story
(145-170)
Demeter Hired
(171-189)
Threshold
(190-205)
Iambe's Jest
(206-211)
The Kykeon
(212-232)
Demophoön
(233-254)
God-Making
(255-279)
Transfigured
(280-295)
Epiphany
(296-309)
Temple Grief
(310-333)
Iris-Messengers
(334-358)
Hermes
(359-383)
Return
(384-413)
Pomegranate
(414-440)
Reunion
(441-469)
Rheia's Visit
(470-482)
The Rites
(483-495)
Triumph
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SAPPHO'S WORD: Selected word-puzzles, epithets and imagistic ideas:
Sappho's inspirational fragments as cited by ancient authors
Medieval & Renaissance Music CDs
Women composers, music by Kassia (Gregorian), Hildegard of Bingen, Trobairitz (Medieval Women Troubadours), Chansons de Femme, performed by Sinfonye, Anonymous 4, Sequentia, Circle Dances, Christine de Pisan, Anne Boleyn, Elizabeth I, the Black Madonna, Bridget of Ireland
Emily Dickinson Feminist Essays
Brilliant, early feminist essays on Emily Dickinson's life, letters & poetry (pub. 1886-1915) by: (1) Emily Fowler Ford, (2) Ella Gilbert Ives, (3) Elizabeth Shepley Sergeant, (4) Thomas Wentworth Higginson, (5) Susan Huntington Dickinson, (6) Lilian Whiting, (7) Martha Dickinson Bianchi
ZEN, SHINTO & ASIAN ARTS
NATURAL SOUNDS (Idiophonics, with sound effects)
in Early Japanese Women's Poetry, (includes Bibliography)
Songs of the Shamaness (Princess Nukata)
Studies on compassion: KUAN YIN and TARA (Illustrations by Mayumi Oda)
MT. FUJI's Shinto Goddesses | waka poetry by Princess SHIKISHI
JAKU EN ZEN (A Refuge in the Moment, Zen blog by Konin Cardenas)
Japanese Jomon Pottery
Rengetsu Pottery
« JAPANESE JOMON POTTERY
Women's Prehistoric Ceramics:
(citations, illustrations, sources)
Japanese Tea and Gardens
Haiku Poetry by Chiyo-ni

An Illustrated SHOBOGENZO
ZEN Studies of the Way

by Dogen Zenji (Gender-Inclusive),
Extensive Bibliography, Citations —
also Dogen's ECOSPIRITUALITY
with ink drawings

« ABLUTIONS
Keiko Abe Marimba music with
Otagaki Rengetsu (1791-1875)
« her hand-shaped bowl with
incised Zen waka poetry, left —
see also her Incredible Edibles!!
 

ANTIQUE, ANCIENT AND MODERN
ANCIENT & MODERN MAYA LIN
(Illustrated links to fascinating websites exploring the art and
architecture of the great, contemporary architect Maya Lin)

AMERICAN QUILTS: HISTORY & DESIGN
ANTIQUE GEOMETRIC QUILT DESIGNS
Index, Historical Notes, Free PATCHWORK Blocks

See also QUILT DESIGNS Celebrating Great Women Artists »»
Quilt Designs with Women Poets »»
See links at KALEIDOSCOPE for children's designs,
LOTUS BLOCK for links to botanicals, and
THREE PATCH for patterns with curved elements!!
New!! ANIMATED SLIDE-IN Patterns.
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Recommended Quilt Design BOOKS (Old and New)
Ladies Art Company Catalogue (1898, with addenda up to 1928)

«« Newspaper Clippings and Index to Selected Quilt Designs
Illustrated by NANCY CABOT

HARRIET POWERS: African-American Story-Bible Quilts

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