On into the 17thc …

Old Woman With A Distaff by Bartolome Esteban Murillo, 1642


Moving on into the Renaissance

Portrait of a Lady with Spindle and Distaff by Maerten van Heemskerck, ca. 1531

  • (Those women whom the distaff
    no longer claims
    nor spun cloth)
    driven mad,
    by Bacchus.

    Hilda Doolittle (1886–1961), "Choros Translations from The Bacchae"

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