Artists, Who was/is

Who was Nancy Spero?

Nancy Spero was an American artist and activist, who lived most of her life in New York. She is known for her continuous commitment to contemporary political, social, and cultural concerns, chronicling wars, and apocalyptic violence as well as articulating visions of ecstatic rebirth and the celebratory cycles of life. At the beginning of her… Continue reading Who was Nancy Spero?

Artists, Painters

New-born baby in a crib by Lavinia Fontana

The representation of children and babies throughout the history of art varied over the centuries; there are imagined scenes of play, images of loss and hardship and, of course, the traditional portraits. Looking at them helps us to understand the own concept of childhood at different periods of time. Some of the earliest depictions of… Continue reading New-born baby in a crib by Lavinia Fontana

Art

What was L’Union des Femmes Peintres et Sculpteurs in Paris?

The Union of Women Painters and Sculptors was founded in 1881 in Paris with the aim to promote the work of the female artists. It was founded by the sculptor and educator Hélène Bertaux (Mme. Leon Bertaux) and had as many as 450 members at its peak. The Union existed until 1994 (date of the… Continue reading What was L’Union des Femmes Peintres et Sculpteurs in Paris?

Who was/is, women of literature

Who was Sheherazade?

Scheherazade is a major character of the Middle Eastern collection of tales known as the One Thousand and One Nights. She was storyteller. The name Scheherazade derives from the Arabic form of the Middle Persian name Čehrāzād which is composed of the words words čehr (lineage) and āzād (noble, exalted). The spelling “Scheherazade” first appeared… Continue reading Who was Sheherazade?

Art History, Books

Women, Art and Society

Women, Art and Society, written by the art historian Whitney Chadwick is a celebrated study that invited us to a journey throughout the history of art, focusing on women artists and analysing the foundations of their scarce celebrity. The book, which is in its 5th edition, is a must-read for all those who want a… Continue reading Women, Art and Society