Sometimes, an image, a word, a song can produce an interesting stream of ideas...
This photography by Peter Farago reminds me of medieval representations of woman:
All three images are details of Les très riches heures du Duc de Berry
by the Limbourg brothers, 1412-16
Their stare is troubling: is their mind as blank as it seems, or have they succeeded in hiding their mind? Is the impression of melancholy true to the facial expression of the models or is it an effect wanted by the artists?
This chain of ideas brings me to the Avalon Cycle, a series of novels by Marion Zimmer Bradley. Revisiting the Arthurian myth from the perspective of women, it is an interesting attempt to imagine the secret implication of women in a society seemingly controlled by men.