16 Responses to “Sor Juana Inés de La Cruz”

  1. Mary

    Gee, thank you so much for this. I’m Mexican, and since I’ve always loved books and got bullied as a child becuase of that, she was my heroine. She still is, actually. Taught me to take a stand and pour my heart in what I love, no matter what others say.

  2. Fabulous Alien

    Wonderful work on this entry. I’ve had a sort of fascination with Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz for a long time. The first verse of her “Redondillas” is the only poetry I can remember by heart. The film about her, “I, the worst of all”, was directed by a compatriot of mine, María Luisa Bemberg, who filmed quite a few stories about amazing women, most famously “Camila”, based on the real story of a young woman in 19th century Argentina. Now that I think about it, neither Ms. Bemberg nor Camila O’Gorman would feel out of place amongst your Rejected Princesses.

  3. D.S. Ryelle

    Three cheers for Central! (I’m from Michigan…have I ever mentioned that? :D )

  4. Sarah

    I don’t believe you have done a musician yet how about Rosetta Tharpe?

  5. Dakota

    This one was awesome! But, I feel like the hints are getting more difficult…

  6. Kitrona ✪

    This was really good. I like all your entries, but I actually teared up at the end of this one.

  7. Jemma Payne

    that was amazing. i love how you turned her into life. i could imagine this being a future disney movie easily.

  8. Brian Price

    Great art work! I’ll be sharing this with my students and my daughter soon. Fun fact: the blood signature was not the last thing she wrote. The way you present it here, it seems like you have watched María Luisa Bemberg’s film “Yo la peor” where Sor Juana breaks her spectacles before the Inquisition, cuts herself on the glass, and then signs her renunciation of worldly things with her blood. It’s a great dramatic moment, but that not what happened. The document where Sor Juana signed her name with her own blood is the convent book for the Jerónimas order that she joined after a brief period with the Carmelitas Descalzas. The book is housed at the Nettie Lee Benson archives at the University of Texas at Austin. Sor Juana was given charge over the book when she joined the convent and was tasked with keeping it ordered, writing in page numbers, and making sure that there were dates for all the entries. Her page is somewhat unusual because her initial testimony is on the same page as her last one (oftentimes the nuns signed in on one page and wouldn’t write again until the end of their life and it usually came later in the book). Sor Juana’s page though has three testimonies: her first when she entered, the second when she thought she would die of illness, and then her final testimony shortly before her death. The blood signature comes at the end of the second testimony. (There’s also a brief note from her sister.) I’m including an image of the page that was given to me by the archivist. (You really cannot see the blood very well on the page anymore. It’s been diluted by exposure to light over the years.) Hope that helps! Thanks again for working on this project!

  9. J. Axel

    News! There is now a Netflix series called Juana Ines about her life! I have no idea if it’s any good, but it is exciting.

  10. WD Vinco

    The tenth Muse was Sappho, do one on her.

  11. Nana Anna

    I think I found my new hero. As if the artwork was not fucking beautiful enough…hah you inspire me man.

  12. esmeralda

    she is awesome i cant believe they stole her stuff just because she was a woman