Maria Isabel of Braganza was an Infanta of Portugal court, the daughter of John VI of Portugal and Carlota Joaquina of Spain. She became queen of Spain when she married her maternal uncle Ferdinand VII of Spain on 29 September 1816. She was the second wife of Ferdinand VII, whose first wife had died childless.… Continue reading On this day… died Maria Isabel of Braganza
Séraphinede Senlis was a self-taught French artist known for her naïve paintings of flora, especially in large-format. She was born as Séraphine Louis and decided to adopt the name of the town “Senlis” as her surname. L'arbre de vie by Séraphine de Senlis, 1928 (The tree of life) at Musée d'art et d'archéologie de Senlis… Continue reading Who was Séraphine de Senlis?
Colette is a biographical drama directed by Wash Westmoreland and starring Keira Knightley. The film is based on the life of the French novelist, actress, mime and journalist Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette. She is widely known for her novel Gigi (1944). Colette was the subject of several biographies, songs and films. It is another story about women artists who… Continue reading ArtReview: Colette
December starts with amazing news: The Museo del Prado in Madrid, Spain will exhibit permanently its only painting by Artemisia Gentileschi, The Birth of Saint John the Baptist. This painting had been hidden from the public for many years, leaving the warehouse of the museum only to be part of some exhibition abroad. Although it… Continue reading ArtNews: Gentileschi’s work finally on display in the Prado
Sofonisba Anguissola was one of the greatest female artists of the late Renaissance who is famous for her portraits of the Spanish court of Phillip II and self-portraits. She also painted minitures and group portraits, several of them were finished after her departure to Spain. Anguissola was born in Cremona in 1532, she’s the oldest… Continue reading The Chess Game by Sofonisba Anguissola