Art, Who was/is, writer

Who was George Sand?

Geroge Sand was the nom de plume (her literary pseudonym) of Amantine Lucile Aurore Dupin, a French novelist and memoirist. She was one of the most popular writers of her time, even more popular than Victor Hugo and Honoré de Balzac in England in 1830s and 1840s, being until today recognised as one of the… Continue reading Who was George Sand?

Art, Art History, medieval art

Queen Matilda and The Bayeux Tapestry

The Bayeux Tapestry is a unique artefact of 11th century. The tapestry tells the story of the of the events surrounding the conquest of England by William, Duke of Normandy in 1066 in a 70 meters long embroidery. It is undoubtedly a masterpiece of Romanesque art. Even though, according to the popular belief the Bayeux… Continue reading Queen Matilda and The Bayeux Tapestry

Art, mythological art, women of mythology

Bacchantes or Maenads?

Who were them? In fact, there isn’t only one answer. According to some sources Maenads and Bacchantes aren’t the same, they said that Maenads were divine feminine beings who served the god Dionysus, as the nymphs, while the Bacchantes were mortal women who dedicated themselves to his cult. However, the most accepted theory is that… Continue reading Bacchantes or Maenads?

Art History, Artists, Painters, Who was/is

Who was Rosa Bonheur?

Rosa Bonheur was a French painter and sculptor. She is famous for the realism of her works. She was an “animalière”, which means a painter of animals. Bonheur is widely considered as the most famous female painter during the 19th century. Rosa Bonheur was born in Bordeaux (1822) in a family of artists. Her mother… Continue reading Who was Rosa Bonheur?

Artists, On this day..., Photographers, Photography

On this day… was born Francesca Woodman

On this day in 1958 was born Francesca Stern Woodman. She was an American photographer especially famous for her black and white pictures and her work continues to be the subject of critical acclaim until today. Self-portrait by Francesca Woodman (c.1977) Photo credit: Wikiart She was born in Denver to a family of artists. She… Continue reading On this day… was born Francesca Woodman