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Art of the Day: Wednesday March 12, 2008

Barbara Urslerin

- by Mark Satchwill

This week's theme: The Woman In The Window

Juliet, Rapunzel and Jezebel are three of the more famous women in the window. Literature and art have long delighted in placing women at these openings between what is hidden and what is there for all to see; between that which is held captive and the freedom of the world outside. Whether they peer out of seraglios, castles or suburban homes, women and windows are a combination of mystery, contrast and beauty that captures interest and holds attention.

Art: Barbara Urslerin by Artist Mark Satchwill
Barbara Urslerin was known as "The Hairy Maid". She was born in 1629 in Kempton, Germany. She had hypertrichosis, a condition where hair grows excessively, often over the whole body. She was exhibited by her parents and later her husband and had a child (who did not have the same condition). She also played the harpsichord. I based this painting on a black and white etching by Gayswood from 1659.

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Detail Image for art Barbara Urslerin

Detail Image for art Barbara Urslerin

Detail Image for art Barbara Urslerin


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