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

Art

What was L’Union des Femmes Peintres et Sculpteurs in Paris?

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?

art installation, Artists, Books

Where are the art books on women artists?

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?