In 1857, American sculptor Harriet Hosmer presented this beautiful work in marble in which she represented Beatrice Cenci, a Roman noblewoman accused to murder her father, the Count Francesco Cenci. She was beheaded in 1599 after a lurid murder trial that had place in Rome, and that gave rise to an enduring legend about her.… Continue reading Beatrice Cenci by Harriet Hosmer
Category: women of history
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
Who was Sappho?
Sappho is one of the most famous poets of ancient Greece, despite the little information we have of her life, it is believed that she lived in the 6th century BC. Her poems about love and desire have influenced the history of our poetry, some scholars believed that is impossible to express love without Sappho’s… Continue reading Who was Sappho?
Who was the Countess of Castiglione
The Countess of Castiglione, Virginia Oldoïni, or as she is better known, La Castiglione was an aristocrat born in Florence (Italy). She was an important figure to the history of photography during the 19th century. Also, she achieved notoriety for her political influence due to her relationship with French emperor Napoleon III. Countess of Castiglione,… Continue reading Who was the Countess of Castiglione
Female slaves in Art
Since ancient times that we can find representations of slavery in European art. Even though most of people think that only existed black slaves or from Africa, and it is true that they’re the great majority, in art we can find depictions of slaves of very different ethnicity and origins. A Turkish slave by Parmigianino,… Continue reading Female slaves in Art
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