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Barbara Wells Sarudy
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Blogging is a joy - a total extravagance. Here I can explore endless curiosities - blogs combine written & image primary sources + narratives looking at history & women & gardens. Blog entries scour history, art, nature, & everyday life for unique perspectives, uncommon grace, & unexpected insights.  

President John Adams declared, “History is not the Province of the Ladies.” Oh well, I'll give it a try anyway. Images & essays in my blogs cluster around some chronological, biographical, social, cultural, or academic theme. Because I am a boring, old historian I am interested in comparing & contrasting & looking at change over time. I try to choose images that justify their inclusion on aesthetic grounds. I do not offer complete image credit lines or footnotes, hoping to entice blog visitors to begin researching for themselves. (Graded enough papers in grad school to know that some are tempted to borrow.)

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1400s Gardens & Gameparks - The Hunt
The Book of the Hunt of King Modus & Queen Ratio after 1455 Piero de' Crescenzi (1233-1321) wrote of Hunting in Book 10 of his Liber ruralium commodorum 1304-09.  He advised that the gamepark should be stocked with hare, roe deer, red deer, wild boar, &  ra...
The Book of the Hunt of King Modus & Queen Ratio after 1455 Piero de' Crescenzi (1233-1321) wrote of Hunting in Book 10 of his Liber ruralium commodorum 1304-09. He advised that the gamepark should be stocked with hare, roe...
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Henry III uses Piero de’Crescenzi’s c 1306 Liber ruralium commodorum (On the Rural Arts) to plan his gardens
From The Telegraph UK By Gordon Rayner, 23 Jan 2015 Henry VIII's horticultural manual revealed The world's oldest gardening manual, part of Henry VIII's library, to go on display at Buckingham Palace Portrait of Henry VIII at the National Maritime Museum He...
From The Telegraph UK By Gordon Rayner, 23 Jan 2015 Henry VIII's horticultural manual revealed The world's oldest gardening manual, part of Henry VIII's library, to go on display at Buckingham Palace Portrait of Henry...
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Agricultural calendar from a manuscript of Pietro Crescenzi, written c. 1306
Agricultural calendar from a manuscript of Pietro Crescenzi, written c. 1306. Illumination from The Boccaccio Master Geneva (active between 1448-75) Illustration completed between 1470-75
Agricultural calendar from a manuscript of Pietro Crescenzi, written c. 1306. Illumination from The Boccaccio Master Geneva (active between 1448-75) Illustration completed between 1470-75
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Morning Madonna
Unknown Master, Italian (active 1500-1520 in Milan). Virgin and Child with Sts Elizabeth, John and Michael. In this blog, I try to begin each day with a painting of the Madonna & Child. It centers me; connects me to the past; & encourages me to post some of...
Unknown Master, Italian (active 1500-1520 in Milan). Virgin and Child with Sts Elizabeth, John and Michael. In this blog, I try to begin each day with a painting of the Madonna & Child. It centers me; connects me to the past;...
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Morning Madonna
Unknown Master, Hungarian (active around 1520). Saint Anne with the Virgin and the Child In this blog, I try to begin each day with a painting of the Madonna & Child. It centers me; connects me to the past; & encourages me to post some of the religious pain...
Unknown Master, Hungarian (active around 1520). Saint Anne with the Virgin and the Child In this blog, I try to begin each day with a painting of the Madonna & Child. It centers me; connects me to the past; & encourages me to...
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Morning Madonna
Unknown Master, German (active 1440s in the Middle Rhineland). Darmstadt Altarpiece Virgin and Child Enthroned In this blog, I try to begin each day with a painting of the Madonna & Child. It centers me; connects me to the past; & encourages me to post some...
Unknown Master, German (active 1440s in the Middle Rhineland). Darmstadt Altarpiece Virgin and Child Enthroned In this blog, I try to begin each day with a painting of the Madonna & Child. It centers me; connects me to the ...
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Morning Madonna
Unknown Master, Flemish (late 15th century in Brussels) In this blog, I try to begin each day with a painting of the Madonna & Child. It centers me; connects me to the past; & encourages me to post some of the religious paintings which were a large part of ...
Unknown Master, Flemish (late 15th century in Brussels) In this blog, I try to begin each day with a painting of the Madonna & Child. It centers me; connects me to the past; & encourages me to post some of the religious paint...
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Morning Madonna
Unknown Master, Hungarian (active 1420-1430) The Virgin using a drop spindle. The circular device on the right is a yarn
swift. In this blog, I try to begin each day with a painting of the Madonna & Child. It centers me; connects me to the past; & encourag...
Unknown Master, Hungarian (active 1420-1430) The Virgin using a drop spindle. The circular device on the right is a yarn swift. In this blog, I try to begin each day with a painting of the Madonna & Child. It centers me; conn...
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1300s Gardens - Piero de' Crescenzi (1233-1321) - 1400s Illuminations
Piero de' Crescenzi (1233-1321) Liber ruralium commodorum 1304-09 Piero de’Crescenzi’s 12 book treatise, the Liber ruralium commodorum (On the Rural Arts) is the most important work on agriculture & gardens written during the middle ages.  Crescenzi relied ...
Piero de' Crescenzi (1233-1321) Liber ruralium commodorum 1304-09 Piero de’Crescenzi’s 12 book treatise, the Liber ruralium commodorum (On the Rural Arts) is the most important work on agriculture & gardens written during t...
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Spectacular Renaissance gardens + a little Maryland scandal - Château de Villandry
The Château de Villandry, Indre-et-Loire, France. The Château de Villandry, Indre-et-Loire, France, was constructed in the 1500s, reportedly on the spot where King Philip II of France (1165-1223) once met Richard I of England (1157-1199) to discuss peace. I...
The Château de Villandry, Indre-et-Loire, France. The Château de Villandry, Indre-et-Loire, France, was constructed in the 1500s, reportedly on the spot where King Philip II of France (1165-1223) once met Richard I of Engla...
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Morning Madonna
Unknown Master, Italian (active 1320s in Rome and Avignon). Virgin and Child Enthroned In this blog, I try to begin each day with a painting of the Madonna & Child. It centers me; connects me to the past; & encourages me to post some of the religious painti...
Unknown Master, Italian (active 1320s in Rome and Avignon). Virgin and Child Enthroned In this blog, I try to begin each day with a painting of the Madonna & Child. It centers me; connects me to the past; & encourages me to p...
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Women Artists from the 1400s - Illuminated Manuscripts
Unknown Artist from Detail of a miniature of Ancient Greek artist Thamyris (Timarete) painting her picture of the goddess Diana, N. France,(Rouen) . The original is in the British Library collection ID 43537. c1400-25. Unknown Artist Marcia Painting Self-Po...
Unknown Artist from Detail of a miniature of Ancient Greek artist Thamyris (Timarete) painting her picture of the goddess Diana, N. France,(Rouen) . The original is in the British Library collection ID 43537. c1400-25. ...
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A few ladies of 18C South Carolina by Jeremiah Theus 1716-1774
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Jeremiah Theus (American colonial era artist, 1716-1774) Mary Broughton (Mrs. Isaac Motte) Jeremiah Theus was born in Chur, Switzerland; and