The heads of women are reforged in a workshop by the sea; representing a brutal cure for the 'madness' of women. Line engraving by F. Campion, 1663.
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Marina Warner (op. cit.) suggests that the Lustucru ('L'eusses-tu cru?' - Would you have believed it?) satires in mid-seventeenth century France can be traced back to a reaction against emergent feminism in the Paris salons. Writers and poets like Madeleine de Scudéry were also satirized by Molière in 'Les femmes savantes' and 'Les précieuses ridicules'. This aspect, as we see here, was condensed with other older tropes such as the gossip and the nag
This version is different in many details from that of Wellcome Library catalogue number 15966i. However, the differences are largely of style rather than content. There is a Medusa's head on the elaborate frame of the lower text, where there is nothing in the other print
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