Little known fact about me, however it totally makes sense, when I am having a rough day I watch female empowerment movies.
Do you have any that you suggest?
Thanks to “Brave” writer and co-directer Brenda Chapman for speaking out on the Merida makeover! In a statement yesterday to the Independent Journal, Chapman wrote: “There is an irresponsibility to this decision that is appalling for women and young girls. Disney marketing and the powers that be that allow them to do such things should be ashamed of themselves.”
"I think it’s atrocious what they have done to Merida. When little girls say they like it because it’s more sparkly, that’s all fine and good but, subconsciously, they are soaking in the sexy ‘come hither’ look and the skinny aspect of the new version. It’s horrible! Merida was created to break that mold — to give young girls a better, stronger role model, a more attainable role model, something of substance, not just a pretty face that waits around for romance.”
"They have been handed an opportunity on a silver platter to give their consumers something of more substance and quality — THAT WILL STILL SELL — and they have a total disregard for it in the name of their narrow minded view of what will make money. I forget that Disney’s goal is to make money without concern for integrity. Silly me."
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We’ve now reached over 100,000 signers on our petition to Disney! Let’s keep the momentum going! Please sign and share “Say No to the Merida Makeover and Keep Our Hero Brave!” petition at https://www.change.org/keepmeridabrave
Learn Debbie Allen’s choreography to the ONE BILLION RISING dance anthem BREAK THE CHAIN!
Activists in 182 countries are staging One Billion Rising events, many are using “Break The Chain” for flash mobs in high profile locations. Watch this video and dance the day away! And be sure to let us know what you are doing by registering your event! Special shout out to the incredible Senior dance class at Brooklyn High School of the Arts for teaching Debbie’s moves!
The dearth of famous paintings by female artists isn’t art history news, but after recently seeing the Guerilla Girls poster, Do Women Have to be Naked to get into the Met Museum?, I was curious - which woman in art history was first deemed a famous painter? Introducing Lavinia Fontana (1552-1614) of Bologna, Italy.
Renaissance art was informed by the guild system in Florence and Siena, which educated artists, helped with commissions, and discouraged female artists. The system, though, was more relaxed in Northern Italian cities like Bologna. The daughter of Prospero Fontana, a Late Mannerist painter (and occasional head of the local painter’s guild), Lavinia was tutored by him and exposed to Renaissance art by Correggio, Raphael, and Parmigianino.
By the 1570s, Lavinia Fontana was a highly regarded painter not only of portraits — the typical, if only, option for female painters because they were forbidden to study anatomy - but also of large altarpieces, and art paintings depicting mythological and religious themes. She was the most sought after portraitist in Bologna, and was patronized by the Bolognese Pope Gregory XIII. When her reputation eclipsed that of her husband, the painter Gian Paolo Zappi, he became her assistant and primary caregiver for the couple’s eleven children. After Fontana’s fame spread to Rome, she moved there to become a portraitist at the court of Pope Paul V.
Lavinia Fontana. Portrait of a Noblewoman, ca. 1580. Oil on canvas, 45 1/4” by 35 1/4”. National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC. Gift of Wallace and Wilhelmina Holladay.
Portrait of a Noblewomanepitomizes Fontana’s technical prowess in what is believed to be a wedding portrait. Fontana’s use of a dark background amplifies the noblewoman’s sumptuous attire. With light pouring in from the left, every reflection from her jewels is captured, as is the textural differences among the silk, satin and lace of her wedding attire (most Bolognese wedding dresses during the Renaissance were red). The woman modestly averts her eyes from the viewer while she strokes a small dog, a frequent symbol of fidelity. Hanging from her belt and dangling in the foreground is an oddity - the pelt of a marten whose head and jaws are bejeweled, another marker of her wealth.
Lavinia Fontana accomplished some “firsts” in art history — she had a continuous 40 year long career; she produced some 135 art paintings, making her the first female artist in Western Europe to work competitively with men, outside a court or convent; and she had one, if not the, first stay-at-home husbandsl
Left: Self Portrait, Lavinia Fontana.
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