Musings: Women, the Toilette and the Boudoir in Rococo Painting

Time for a little titillation: The Rococo's answer to pin-ups on cigarette cards, peep holes and voyeuristic fascination - let's step into the boudoir. Gentlemen getting hot under the dog collar at thoughts of 'walking in' on a lady in a state of undress, that glimpse of an ankle, a well turned calf, the cinching … Continue reading Musings: Women, the Toilette and the Boudoir in Rococo Painting

Worlds Within Worlds Part 3: Wealthy Dutch Women in the 17th Century

Please note: This article follows on from part 1 (Mid-17th Century Amsterdam) and part 2 (Dutch Preoccupations in the 17th Century) of my written web series on Dutch Dollhouse Culture. At this time, hobbies for women related to material culture, consumption and domesticity so, textiles, shopping, ladylike activity, charity work and the running of a … Continue reading Worlds Within Worlds Part 3: Wealthy Dutch Women in the 17th Century

Women in Late-Medieval Art: The Image of Eve

The perceptions of women from their representation in late-medieval art (1300 - 1500) suggest identities, carefully crafted and delivered by those governing society. The church and patriarchy held it's domination, meaning that a woman's place was inherently subordinate and defined by the characteristics of her sexuality. These suppositions were imposed on those whose views were … Continue reading Women in Late-Medieval Art: The Image of Eve

Worlds Within Worlds Part 1: Mid-17th Century Amsterdam

Let’s open the doors to the mid-17th century, when the cultural and artistic world of the Dutch centered in on Amsterdam and a man’s home, was truly his palace... 'View of the palace and gardens of Versailles, seen from the avenue de Paris in. Versailles circa 1668', by Pierre Patel. Contextually, the Dutch put little … Continue reading Worlds Within Worlds Part 1: Mid-17th Century Amsterdam