Gentileschi Self Portrait
Early Women Masters East and West
Early Women Masters East & West
Art, Poetry, Music & Spirituality
 Above: "Self Portrait" by Artemisia Gentileschi (b.1593)
More at: Women Artists at the Easel 1540-1980

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Emily Dickinson's Nature Mysticism : A Photo 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, a guide to Emily Dickinson's Herbarium with links to botanical illustrations, and What is a Garden? (Photo Gallery). 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 & I Ching (Enigmatic & Nature Photography)
Way of ENSO (Enigmatic Circles!!)

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 400 years and 12 countries of origin:

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).


CDS & FREE MIDI MUSIC
Women Composers Early Music CDs  |  Elizabethan Music
Women Composers' Early Music & Ragtime MIDI  
(If you have a sheet music composing program,
you can upload the MIDI files and read the score)

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BLOWN GLASS, Piano "Prelude" by Violet Archer (b. 1913)
(with Percussion & Animation, works well with FIREFOX or CHROME)
 ART & MYTHOLOGY 
Homeric Hymn to Demeter  |  Bibliography
*Sappho or another female author for the Hymn? | Cast of Characters
Ancient Greek, Transliteration and Translation: Citations from
Feminist & Other Commentary, Art & Photo Illustrations, Glossary
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Episodes of the Demeter Myth by Line Number
(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: Her word-puzzles, epithets and imagistic ideas:
inspirational fragments 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)
Heart to Heart (Japanese Poems with Mary Cassatt)
Studies on compassion: KUAN YIN and TARA (Mayumi Oda)
MT. FUJI's Shinto Goddesses.
Japanese Jomon Pottery
Rengetsu Pottery
« JAPANESE JOMON POTTERY
Women's Prehistoric Ceramics:
(citations, illustrations, sources)
Japanese Tea and Gardens
Princess Shikishi's
Wild Imaginings (waka)
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
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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 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!!
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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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