A woman’s wrath

Interesting to look at some of the images that have caught my eye in this past week, wandering through a series of European museums.

There seems to have been a theme of some kind.

For the life of me, I can’t figure out what that might be.

Or why.

Can you?

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  1. Sharon on October 9, 2018 at 9:35 am

    Somehow how this is exactly what I needed to see this morning: female rage in action, So thank you!

    (I’ve been home from work with a fever the last few days, and have been re-reading some of my favorite Mary Russell books. I’ve read them so much that it’s like spending time with old friends – perfect distraction from being home alone and ill. So thank you for Mary, too!)

  2. Pam on October 9, 2018 at 1:38 pm

    The women’s movement started way before we thought it did!

  3. Deborah on October 9, 2018 at 2:10 pm

    Holofernes, yes?

    • Mary on October 9, 2018 at 5:36 pm

      Yes, absolutely. The last painting is Judith and Holofernes painted by Artemisia Gentileschi, daughter of Orazio Gentileschi (and her story is heartbreaking and harrowing as well as the heroine she painted).

      So … is there a theme of a woman offering herself to a monster so as to get close enough to kill him that we can anticipate in the next Russell and Holmes novel? It’s been mentioned at least once in the Russell and Holmes series (during a conversation about Russell’s religious tuteledge by her mother) but I didn’t think it would be a literal plot element … would it?

  4. Debra Anderson on October 10, 2018 at 8:48 am

    Your comments and those paintings puts me in mind of an abused woman getting her ultimate revenge. I am terribly saddened and disgusted over the recent US Supreme Court member approval. Not that he deserves this ultimate treatment, but he definitely should not have been rewarded with a seat on this court!

  5. susan on October 10, 2018 at 4:48 pm

    in the case of Judith, here’s a woman sick of the inaction of her people. they wanted to cave in! but she and her maid servant took care of the Holfernes problem…yes, women who say “what?” and take action. Susan B Anthony for instance. yes, the real feminist movement looking for acknowledgement of women and their talents! it started long ago….

  6. Elizabeth Ryan on October 11, 2018 at 9:03 am

    I think this happened to a point, in “The Game”. Except that Mary didn’t offer herself as bait as a woman. Which makes a difference. Maybe all the difference.

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