Anything for Art!

PHOTO PROMPT - © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

“I sketched a ceiling relief…of people..dancing exuberantly ..not the cherubic angels with the tiny..er…wings. When my bedroom was finished I only saw flowers ..everywhere. I cried . The artist consoled me. He said that I had extraordinary talent. But the Count, my late husband, had said : Flowers.  Seeing me cry he offered to loosen the chandelier …to let it dangle that it would surely fall around midnight. I took his offer”

The Prioress shook her head in displeasure at her young nun’s confession…. the girls nowadays … engaging in risky behaviour ..what happened to a good old dose of Belladonna?

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This story is set in Medieval Italy where rich widowed women were allowed to join a nunnery to pursue their love of art, although they had to keep it “religious”. I can almost imagine the heroine of my story “cherubize” her sensual painting to make it acceptable for her times and introduce one naughty-looking girl among the hordes of male cherubs, like the painting below:

Pic courtesy: http://www.abdn.ac.uk/jacobitevirtuosi/image7.php

Some info on Medieval women artists: http://www.medieval-life-and-times.info/medieval-art/medieval-women-artists.htm

Belladonna:  is a flower extract used for many purposes including poisoning to kill.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atropa_belladonna

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This  100 word story is written in response to the 100 word photo challenge  posted by Rochelle Wisoff-Field each week.

Click on the ‘blue frog’  below to read other amazing takes, that fellow Friday Fictioneers have, on the same photo prompt:

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38 responses to “Anything for Art!

  1. Dear Ansumani,

    As you say, anything for art.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  2. Oh my. Anything for art indeed. I could imagine the heroine of your story doing that too 🙂

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  3. Ha.. yes Belladonna or Hemlock would have worked too.. but with a helpful hand she got her will will to be with not so tiny “wings”..

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  4. Ah these nunneries. Liked the way you slipped in the ‘late husband’.

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  5. Such a shame to have your artistry squelched. Well told!

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  6. The Prioress seems quite an interesting character 😉

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  7. Shame – religion’s favourite weapon. Art is freedom – we can’t have that.
    Good piece.

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  8. Hello Ansumani! Yet abother fantastic piece of writing,a wonderful take on the prompt! 🙂

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  9. Ah looks like the Prioress seems to have a well of experience to draw upon. Nice one.

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  10. Interesting story, made even more so by the information you provide about female artists and what they had to sacrifice. SO unfair…

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  11. Nicely written piece. Such an interesting bit of history here. I love that painting with the little girl and her expression.

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  12. Nice take to the prompt

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  13. She was fortunate to have found such an obliging artist to help her out of her marriage. I love the understated reaction of the prioress – ‘risky behaviour’? Very good.

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  14. I think the Prioress and the Countess will discover they have more in common than they think.
    Great take on the prompt.

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  15. Excellent! The ways women had to go to get what they wanted wasn’t always, err, conventional.

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  16. I do like to learn something during these FF challenges – nicely done. I had no idea about the rich widowers being taken in as nuns 🙂

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  17. Fascinating tale and an enjoyable history lesson. Like KT, I learned something new.

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  18. Some of those nunneries in Medieval times were not exactly the same as those today. There are many stories that would cause scandal. Well written, Ansumani. — Suzanne

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