Penelope is one of the most remembered characters of Homer’s Odyssey. Her name has always been associated with marital fidelity. She is the wife of Odysseus, well known for her fidelity to her husband while he was absent, despite having a legion of suitors. Her name has been understood as combination of the Greek word… Continue reading Penelope
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?
Have you ever asked yourself where are the books about women artists? When you are in a museum shop or in the art section of a bookstore, I’m sure you noticed a table or perhaps a bookcase full of little books with the surname of the artist on the cover. But how many of these… Continue reading Where are the art books on women artists?
When we think about mermaids or sirens, it is probable that our minds evoke the image of beautiful creatures, half woman, and half fish. However, it was not always like this. In their origins, in mythologies and popular folklore, they were associated with perilous events. Archaic perfume vase in the shape of a siren, c.… Continue reading Sirens and Mermaids
A Negress or Murzynka, its original title in Polish, is a realistic portrait study by the Polish artist Anna Bilińska-Bohdanowicz. The painting is considered as a mature work of Anna Bilińska-Bohdanowicz, she was 27 years old when realised this painting. It belongs to the category of realistic portrait studies of various ethnic types, which was… Continue reading A Negress by Anna Bilińska-Bohdanowicz