“Anne Boleyn was rather tall of stature, with black hair and an oval face of sallow complexion, as if troubled with jaundice. She had a projecting tooth under the upper lip, and on her right hand, six fingers. There was a large wen under her chin, and therefore to hide its ugliness, she wore a high dress covering her throat.” – Nicholas Sander “The Rise and Growth of the Anglican Schism”.
My final post of the week is different in that I am exploring art in a therapeutic way as well as aesthetically. Today it is not about talent, but about how art can help people effect change and grow on a personal level through the use of art materials in a safe and facilitating environment. I know from a personal perspective, I enjoy art and although not a talented artist myself feel the therapeutic benefits of enjoying it.
A little more about Art Therapy from The British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT)
Art Therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses art media as its primary mode of communication.
Clients who are referred to an art therapist need not have previous experience or skill in art, the art therapist is not primarily concerned with making an aesthetic or diagnostic assessment of the client’s image. The overall aim of its practitioners is to enable a client to effect change and growth on a personal level through the use of art materials in a safe and facilitating environment. (BAOT)
..and of course I have to add a ”women” element, so an example of where Art therapy is used and very local to myself is North Derbyshire Women’s aid which is a charity that exists for the benefit of women and children who experience abuse within a domestic relationship.
”Everyone has the right to live their life free from fear, violence and abuse. Sometimes it is difficult to know what is happening and you can feel confused and unsure about whether you are in an abusive relationship and the options available to you. You may feel frightened, humiliated and isolated…” (NDWA)
Over in Australia, Art therapy aids trauma recovery…
Please click the picture to see more of this story and more information about this kind of therapy can be found on this blog here http://www.arttherapyblog.com
I have to include ”The Mona Lisa” in my Women in Art theme this week of course. The Mona Lisa (La Gioconda or La Joconde) has been acclaimed as “the best known, the most visited, the most written about, the most sung about, the most parodied work of art in the world.” -John Lichfield, cited in Wikepedia.
A few of interesting facts about Da Vinci and The Mona Lisa:
Leonardo da Vinci invented scissors.
It took him 10 years to paint Mona Lisa’s lips.
Did you ever notice that the woman in this most of paintings has no eyebrows? It’s true. Look closely. Women at that time were considered more beautiful if they had their eyebrows shaved.
The Mona Lisa wasn’t the only portrait of women he painted, but the one we immediately associate him with.
Lady with Ermine
Artist: Leonardo da Vinci
Locations: Czartoryski Museum, Wawel Castle