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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.  

This is a purely educational blog. 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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Morning Madonna
Agiosoritissa (Mother of God) Originally from Constantinople, This 7C depiction is at the Santa Maria del Rosario a Monte Mario in Rome In this blog, I try to begin each day with a painting of the Madonna & Child. It centers me; connects me to the past; & e...
Agiosoritissa (Mother of God) Originally from Constantinople, This 7C depiction is at the Santa Maria del Rosario a Monte Mario in Rome In this blog, I try to begin each day with a painting of the Madonna & Child. It center...
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The Annunciation in Gardens - illuminated Manuscripts
The Annunciation in a Garden, Book of Hours (Bodmer Hours), ca. 1400–1410 Michelino da Besozzo (Italian, act. 1388–1450) Psalter Annunciation in Garden, 1180. (National Library of theNetherlands) The Annunciation ca 1450, Book of Hours  The Annunciation in ...
The Annunciation in a Garden, Book of Hours (Bodmer Hours), ca. 1400–1410 Michelino da Besozzo (Italian, act. 1388–1450) Psalter Annunciation in Garden, 1180. (National Library of theNetherlands) The Annunciation ca 1450,...
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July 1749
1749 July print John June (Print made by) D Voisin (Published by) London
1749 July print John June (Print made by) D Voisin (Published by) London
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1300s - Another Picnic in the Garden
Manuscript BNF Français 343 Queste del Saint Graal Tristan de Léonois Dating 1380-1385 From Milan, Italy Holding Institution Bibliothèque Nationale
Manuscript BNF Français 343 Queste del Saint Graal Tristan de Léonois Dating 1380-1385 From Milan, Italy Holding Institution Bibliothèque Nationale
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Illuminated Manuscripts - Madonnas in Gardens
One illumination of  female purity and piety was the Annunciation of the Angel Gabriel to a reading Virgin Mary, often shown in a hortus conclusus or enclosed garden from the Song of Songs . One owner of a 15C illuminated manuscript, Maria of Gueldern, was ...
One illumination of female purity and piety was the Annunciation of the Angel Gabriel to a reading Virgin Mary, often shown in a hortus conclusus or enclosed garden from the Song of Songs. One owner of a 15C illuminated manu...
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15C Picnic
15C The Repas Champetre Tapestry which could translate to meal in the fields
15C The Repas Champetre Tapestry which could translate to meal in the fields
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The Annunciation in Gardens - illuminated Manuscripts
The Annunciation in a Garden, Book of Hours (Bodmer Hours), ca. 1400–1410 Michelino da Besozzo (Italian, act. 1388–1450) Psalter Annunciation in Garden, 1180. (National Library of theNetherlands) The Annunciation ca 1450, Book of Hours  The Annunciation in ...
The Annunciation in a Garden, Book of Hours (Bodmer Hours), ca. 1400–1410 Michelino da Besozzo (Italian, act. 1388–1450) Psalter Annunciation in Garden, 1180. (National Library of theNetherlands) The Annunciation ca 1450,...
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Just a little political - Pocahontas as a Propaganda Pawn - Her capture, return, marriage
The Story of Pocahontas Her Capture, the Bargain for her Return, & her Marriage to John Rolfe as told by Raphe Hamor, Secretary of the Jamestown Colony Pocahontas. By Charles Staal, engraved by B. Eyles. Pocahontas was about 12, when Capt. John Smith was ca...
The Story of Pocahontas Her Capture, the Bargain for her Return, & her Marriage to John Rolfe as told by Raphe Hamor, Secretary of the Jamestown Colony Pocahontas. By Charles Staal, engraved by B. Eyles. Pocahontas...
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Julry 1749
1749 July Personification of Months in Gardens as Fashion Plates by John June (British printmaker, fl 1744-75) Published by D Voisin (British publisher fl 1747-49). This lady is standing in a garden holding a fan in her right hand, wearing a hooped gown wit...
1749 July Personification of Months in Gardens as Fashion Plates by John June (British printmaker, fl 1744-75) Published by D Voisin (British publisher fl 1747-49). This lady is standing in a garden holding a fan in her right...
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Madonnas in Gardens - Attr to Hans Memling (German-born Flemish painter, 1435-1494)
Hans Memling (German-born Flemish painter, 1435-1494) Virgin and Child in Diptych of Jean de Cellier.  The Virgin sits in a small, enclosed garden before a hedge wall, which seals off the spot from the remainder of the landscape. Mary is allegorically repre...
Hans Memling (German-born Flemish painter, 1435-1494) Virgin and Child in Diptych of Jean de Cellier. The Virgin sits in a small, enclosed garden before a hedge wall, which seals off the spot from the remainder of the landsc...
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1400s print of the Virgin Mary & Child enclosed in a wattle fence
Martin Schongauer (German artist, c 1450-1491). The Madonna and Child on a Turf Bench This is one of my favorite depictions of Mary in a Hortus Conclusus, an enclosed garden used in religious allegory, both because it is early & because it has an amazing de...
Martin Schongauer (German artist, c 1450-1491). The Madonna and Child on a Turf Bench This is one of my favorite depictions of Mary in a Hortus Conclusus, an enclosed garden used in religious allegory, both because it is ea...
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Summer 1568
Pieter van der Heyden (after Pieter Bruegel the Elder)  Summer, 1568-70
Pieter van der Heyden (after Pieter Bruegel the Elder) Summer, 1568-70
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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