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

Art, Surrealism

Chambre 202, Hôtel du Pavot by Dorothea Tanning

Chambre 202, Hôtel du Pavot, in English Room 202, Hôtel du Pavot by the surrealist artist Dorothea Tanning, is an artificial room illuminated by a pale light and decorated with carpet/tweed, floral wallpaper, false panelling and wood. I had the pleasure to see this installation at the Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid, two years ago at… Continue reading Chambre 202, Hôtel du Pavot by Dorothea Tanning

Art, religious art, women of the bible

Saint Catherine of Alexandria

Who was Saint Catherine of Alexandria? According to the Christian tradition she is a saint and virgin, who was martyred in the early 4th century at the hands of the emperor Maxentius. Conforming to her hagiography she was both a princess and a noted scholar who became a Christian when she was 14 years. She… Continue reading Saint Catherine of Alexandria

Art, Artists, Pre-Raphaelite, Who was/is

Who was Elizabeth Siddal?

Elizabeth Eleanor Siddal, better known as Lizzie Siddal, was an English poet and painter, however she is better known for being the model of famous paintings of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, such as Ophelia by Millais. Self-portrait by Lizzie Siddal in 1854 Siddal was named after her mother. Her parents were Charles Crooke Siddal and Elizabeth… Continue reading Who was Elizabeth Siddal?

mythological art, women of literature, women of mythology

Penelope

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