Art History, Painters

First self-portraits painted by women

Self-portrait is a very common subject among painters since the early Renaissance. And of course, it is a frequent subject among women artists too, as the most evident example we have Frida Kahlo’s self-portraits. But today, I want to share with you the first self-portraits created by women. Self-portrait by Caterina van Hemessen, 1548 The… Continue reading First self-portraits painted by women

Art, women of history

Lucretia

Lucretia was a matron in the history and mythology of Rome. She had an important role in the shaping of the Roman Kingdom into the Roman Republic. Her husband was Lucius Tarquinius Collatinus, he was one of the leaders of the revolution that came up as a result of his wife’s death. Although there are… Continue reading Lucretia

Photographers, Who was/is

Who was Julia Margaret Cameron?

Julia Margaret Cameron, considered one of the most important portraitists of the 19th century, was a British photographer. She is famous for her illustrative images depicting characters form mythology, Christianity, and literature, as well as for her soft-focus close-ups of famous Victorian men and sensitive portraits of women and children. Alice Liddell as Pomona by… Continue reading Who was Julia Margaret Cameron?

women of literature

Lady Macbeth

Lady Macbeth is one of the leading characters in the tragedy Macbeth written by William Shakespeare. She is the wife of Macbeth, a Scottish nobleman who is the hero of the play. She urges her husband into committing regicide, after which she becomes the queen of Scotland. The role of Lady Macbeth has attracted several… Continue reading Lady Macbeth

Painters, Who was/is

Who was Rachel Ruysch?

Rachel Ruysch was a Dutch still-life painter, specialised in flowers. She had a very successful career that spanned over six decades and is due to this that she became the best documented woman painter of the Dutch Golden Age. Portrait of Rachel Ruysch by Godfried Schalcken Ruysch was born in The Hague. Her father was… Continue reading Who was Rachel Ruysch?