Prompts for RWJ, Prompt 172


Giorgione, The Tempest (c. 1508)

So this is Day 2 of the July writing challenge. Today’s painting again had two figures, and in it the man is looking at the woman. The woman, nude and suckling a child, is looking directly into the viewer. What is the meaning of the female gaze? It has been said that the painting is poetic and evocative and asking us to engage. The artist is Venetian and compared to his contemporary, Giovanni Bellini, his work of Madonna and child is off center, and does not adhere to strict religious iconography. If you had to write a story around the painting, what would it be?


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