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Dark glowing eyes, a hazel bun, well tucked 
and neat. Lips curve like shells in porcelain, 
Awaiting to express, her brave conduct 
That I could sense audacity, back when
Ladies bowed to men, such common duty.
Yet she possessed an ardent fire, heated
by graphic flair; sultrily chaste to be
among lords of glory. Oh, brushes red
Spill on fabric;  If I could but explore
Her sprezzatura dripping lush oil, while
I breathe her strokes. My heart needs not of more 
from galleries that hide a face beguiled. 

   My own dark eyes will memorize her hands,
   Sprayed by palettes of brilliant renaissance.


*sprezzatura—an intricate display of elegance
 and wit—with a bold flourish.

*~ Though all of Anguissola’s self-portraits reflect 
her dignified essence, her work, "Sophonisba Angusola 
virgo seipsam fecit 1554", mirrors her deep desire to blaze
 a new trail in the world of arts and new feminism.
 I looked into her eyes and they spoke 
of some smouldering need to fulfil her destiny
 as a self-possessed,  creative woman way ahead of her time 
when  male artists ruled during the Renaissance.

~   Sofonisba Anguisolla: A Contemporary Sonnet
 For A Renaissance Woman... Contest

~Sponsor: Cyndi Mac Millan

~Poet: nette onclaud

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  1. Date: 2/5/2014 6:46:00 PM
    Well-expressed and evocative, congrats!!

  1. Date: 2/5/2014 2:59:00 PM
    You captured me in the very first line.....this poem is "well tucked, .....MORE than neat !!!" It is terrific!! Congratulations Nette!

  1. Date: 2/5/2014 12:03:00 PM
    Ahh!! Great quality poetry!! Way to go with this win..Congrats..Sara

  1. Date: 2/5/2014 11:41:00 AM
    Lovely flow nette fav verse [ Oh, brushes red/Spill on fabric; If I could but explore/Her sprezzatura dripping lush oil, while/I breathe her strokes. My heart needs not of more] Congrad's on your win. Light & Love

  1. Date: 2/5/2014 9:50:00 AM
    Congrats nette. Kayod5.

  1. Date: 2/5/2014 9:07:00 AM
    Sighhh, this is beyond exceptional, my favorite so far. Congratulations.

  1. Date: 2/5/2014 12:49:00 AM
    Lovely write on Art and congrats on the fine win, nette

  1. Date: 10/15/2013 12:40:00 AM
    Wow! You did this extraordinarily well my dear friend Nette! This is perfect in everyway. I love it so much. Mine is another product of experimentation on contemporary sonnet. I just loved trying it after being inspired by the amazing works of the artist. Thank you so much for stopping by & leaving me nice comments. So much appreciated my dear friend. Hope everything is fine there w/ u. Just heard of the earthquake at Cebu. I keep on praying. Pls. tcare & stay safe always! love lots,Leonora

  1. Date: 10/15/2013 12:06:00 AM
    wow, what a modern sonnet. Is this by chance for that contest of Cyndi's on the poetess? I've yet to look that name up.

  1. Date: 10/14/2013 9:03:00 PM
    This write is full of bedazzling brilliance my friend! I really loved reading this glorious and intricate poem this evening! What a passionate piece, such a fantastic poem, Great Work!!

  1. Date: 10/14/2013 7:15:00 PM
    this is a stunning poem Nette...your words flow so beautifully across the page ...Her sprezzatura dripping lush oil, while I breathe her contour love that line especially....

  1. Date: 10/14/2013 6:09:00 PM
    I wasn't really aware of the fact I was reading a sonnet which, to me, is a sign of good writing; when I can forget about the form and just absorb the words...and those words are stunning and intricately crafted, as I would expect from you...thanks for stopping by with your kind comment on my poem :)

  1. Date: 10/14/2013 1:51:00 PM
    I would love to see you appraise an art gallery sprezzatura, beauty upon beauty, there would be so much art in the written word after that, many thanks my dear friend, xxx

  1. Date: 10/14/2013 12:49:00 PM
    You are the vocab queen! :) Learned a new word...what a beautiful poem....artfully done, my dear! Hugs

  1. Date: 10/14/2013 12:37:00 PM
    - A beautiful painting, with your frame of gold ...... oxox / / Anne-Lise :)

  1. Date: 10/14/2013 10:40:00 AM
    Transported was I to years long passed, longing the time that ladies bowed to men! Brilliant writing as always!

  1. Date: 10/14/2013 10:20:00 AM
    Very intricate but soothing write, nette

  1. Date: 10/14/2013 10:06:00 AM
    very nice, Nette. Lovely. hugs, Catie :)

  1. Date: 10/14/2013 9:52:00 AM
    Lips curl like shells in porcelain..Awesome!Her sprezzatura dripping lush oil..Amazing!and then your last two verses-Magnifique.I love your original ideas Nettie.Its like taking snap shots after another when I read your verse.Sorry i couldn t be online yesterday to hear you on d show dear.

  1. Date: 10/14/2013 9:42:00 AM
    Incredibly beautiful. Such is the brilliant renaissance that is the message behind this writing...