500 Years of Female Portraits in Western Art – YouTube

March 8, 2013 § Leave a comment

Media representatives gather in front of British artist Paul Emsley's portrait of Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge after its unveiling at the National Portrait Gallery in central London on January 11, 2013. This is the first official portrait of the Duchess and was completed after two sittings at the artist's studio and Kensington Palace.  AFP PHOTO/Leon NEAL - RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE, MANDATORY MENTION OF THE ARTIST UPON PUBLICATION, TO ILLUSTRATE THE EVENT AS SPECIFIED IN THE CAPTION  -        (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)

British artist Paul Emsley’s portrait of Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge, after its unveiling at the National Portrait Gallery,London on January 11, 2013. AFP PHOTO credit LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images.

This post is NOT about Kate.

It is about ART.  And images of women in art through the ages.  Kate’s portrait image disappointed so many of her fans who know her, in live media coverage, to be much more “beautiful???”  But she and her husband hand picked the artist, Paul Emsley, known for his very modern,stark portrayals of living icons, to make Kate’s first official portrait.  I think that was a very modern and honest choice on the part of the young couple.  Bravo.

As I watched the following video, I couldn’t help but think of Emsley’s 2013 Kate, a recent addition to Female Portraits in Western Art, one which will become, because of the subject’s stature, as famous as the DaVinci and Raphaels in Philip Scott Johnson’s video (link below.)  Adding Kate to the mix, mentally, engaged me even further into Johnson’s video project than his actual footage.  It was somewhat surreal for me, really.  My mind kept “streaming” art portraits of WOMEN that I know and love after the video ended.  Almost like a dance.  A celebration of women, flowing out of my mind and my heart as if the cello bow accompanying the video were pulling sound from my own gut strings.

NOW.  Let this Youtube video move you as it did me.  It was recommended to me by my dear friend, Stephanie Spence, herself an inspirational writer, yoga adept, woman, on an appropriate day:

International Women’s Day (IWD), originally called International Working Women’s Day, is marked on March 8 every year.[1] In different regions the focus of the celebrations ranges from general celebration of respect, appreciation and love towards women to a celebration for women’s economic, political and social achievements. Started as a Socialist political event, the holiday blended in the culture of many countries, primarily Eastern EuropeRussia, and the former Soviet bloc. In some regions, the day lost its political flavor, and became simply an occasion for men to express their love for women in a way somewhat similar to a mixture of Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day. In other regions, however, the political and human rights theme designated by the United Nations runs strong, and political and social awareness of the struggles of women worldwide are brought out and examined in a hopeful manner.” (wikipedia- yeah, I go there, too, sometimes)

Not that I endorse NEEDING to celebrate women; it should come naturally.  And it will, for you, guaranteed, if you watch and listen to this:

500 Years of Female Portraits in Western Art – YouTube.


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