Art, Art History, Pre-Raphaelite

Ophelia

Ophelia is one of the most famous female characters of Shakespeare’s plays. She is a young noblewoman of Denmark in the worldly acclaimed drama Hamlet. In the play, Ophelia is the daughter of Polonius, sister of Laertes and the potential wife of the Prince Hamlet. Ophelia by Pierre Auguste Cot (1870) - Private CollectionOphelia by… Continue reading Ophelia

Art, mythological art, women of mythology

The Sleep of Venus and Cupid by Constance Mayer

Constance Mayer was a French artist who painted portraits, miniatures, genre works and allegorical themes. Mayer was one of the successful women artists following the French Revolution. She had the opportunity to study with Joseph-Benoît Suvée and Jean-Baptiste Greuze, it explains that she adopted soft brush strokes and that she painted some sentimental scenes like… Continue reading The Sleep of Venus and Cupid by Constance Mayer

Art History, religious art, women of the bible

Delilah

For those who grew up in a Jewish or Christian culture, probably know Delilah’s history quite well, and for those who don't know the story well, or even know nothing about it here is a little summary: Delilah is a woman mentioned in the Book of Judges in the Hebrew Bible. She is known as… Continue reading Delilah

Art, Art History, Artists, Who was/is

Who was Josephine Nivison

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

Art, Artists, Baroque, Painters

Self-portrait by Judith Leyster

Judith Leyster was a Dutch Golden Age painter who was specialised in genre paintings and still lifes. Her work was highly regarded by her contemporaries, however, after her death she was largely forgotten. Her entire work was attributed to other male painters.A "masterpiece" A "masterpiece" It is a self-portrait in oil painted around 1633. By… Continue reading Self-portrait by Judith Leyster