Agnes Block—Mother Figure, Property Owner, and Working Woman: Comparing Netherlandish Female and Male Artists’ Family Portraits in the Seventeenth Century

Introduction Agnes Block[1] was an eminent paper artist, illustrator, horticulturalist, and patron of the arts in Amsterdam.[2] In 1649, Block married for the first time to Hans de Wollf, who was a silk merchant. She reportedly studied, read, drew, painted, and sculpted, and when she drew, she preferred flower beds and arbors because they were … Continue reading Agnes Block—Mother Figure, Property Owner, and Working Woman: Comparing Netherlandish Female and Male Artists’ Family Portraits in the Seventeenth Century

Written Wednesday: “Why a Man Should Never Object to a Woman Splitting the Bill”

If a woman ever suggests paying for her dinner when she is on a date with a man, he is quick to object. Why even dare propose such a thought? Of course not. No. Never! Yet why does this protestation occur? Cultural obedience. Money dost rule. Chivalry is dead. God save the queen—she cannot save … Continue reading Written Wednesday: “Why a Man Should Never Object to a Woman Splitting the Bill”