Simonetta Vespucci or la bella Simonetta, as she was called, was an Italian noblewoman born in Genoa. She was known as the greatest beauty of her time in Northern Italy and she was the muse and the model during the Renaissance. Being portrayed by many famous painters such as Botticelli, Piero di Cosimo and other… Continue reading Who was Simonetta Vespucci?
Josephine Verstille Nivison was an American painter better known as Jo Hopper since she was the wife (and muse) of the painter Edward Hopper, they got married in 1924. Her father was Eldorado Nivison, a pianist and music teacher, and her mother was Mary Ann Nivison (née McGrath). Later in her life she would say… Continue reading Who was Josephine Nivison
Gabriele Münter is known by her relationship with Kandinsky, in whose shadow she lived for almost fifteen years (in part for lack of self-confidence, but mostly due to the understanding of the female's role prevailing at that time). However, she was one of the few women who played an important part in the development of… Continue reading Who was Gabriele Münter?
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?
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?