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    Posted 3 months ago

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    I found this about 6 months ago and just love it! It's not new, but i doubt it's very old either. I've had it on my wall for nearly a year now and just recently got very curious about it. Any info appreciated. the marbleized frame is pretty cool too. Is she a Carmelite nun?

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    1. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 3 months ago
      She needs an enema to calm those eyes from the looks.
    2. Alfie21 Alfie21, 3 months ago
      Good artwork. Is she looking at Heaven above? The marbleized frame brings out the colors of the painting. The artist depicted the fabric nicely & facial features as well.
    3. vintagelamp vintagelamp, 3 months ago
      Love this!
    4. keramikos, 3 months ago
      fhrjr2, Perhaps you're thinking of Martin Luther:

      The good sister might have been thinking, "Another day with those little devils in the classroom. Kill me now."

      I think it was a Meyers-Briggs book that addressed the terrible reputation nuns tend to have as teachers.

      It speculated that a lot of women drawn to become nuns were attracted by the idea of a life of solitude and contemplation, but because they were women frequently found themselves tasked with floor-scrubbing, nursing, and teaching small children.

      A lot of them were simply not temperamentally suited for those tasks. Of course, if you're crabby about scrubbing floors, nobody's going to care too much except maybe the Mother Superior, but having charge of the sick and the small is another matter.

      Then again, if the woman in the picture is a Carmelite nun, she probably didn't have to deal with the latter. Perhaps she was thinking, "Who is making all that racket in the next cell?"
    5. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 3 months ago
      great link keramikos! sisterhood was such an important option for women in past years. some of my closest friends are nuns. those photos of all the contraptions they were forced to wear are pretty scarey though!
    6. keramikos, 3 months ago
      ho2cultcha, You're welcome. :-)

      Yeah, I wouldn't want to have to go through all that rigamarole just to get dressed.

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