Cleopatra is one of the best-known women who had an important role in history. She is famous for being the queen of Egypt, for her relationship with two military generals of Roman Empire and for dying from an asp bite. Her story was told in books, films, ballets and in many paintings. Cleopatra VII Philopator… Continue reading Cleopatra
Few days ago, the National Gallery of London informed its new acquisition, a self-portrait of Artemisia Gentileschi. It’s a self-portrait of the artist as Saint Catherine of Alexandria from about 1615-17. An oil painting that will undergo conservation treatment before going on display in the first months of 2019. This £3.6 million acquisition has been… Continue reading ArtNews: The National Gallery acquires a new Gentileschi
The beheading of Holofernes by Judith is a biblical episode recounted in the Book of Judith, a 2nd century text deemed apocryphal by the Jewish and Protestant traditions, but included in the Catholic editions of the Bible. Also, the story of Judith and Holofernes was the subject of many paintings and sculptures in the Christian… Continue reading Judith beheading Holofernes
The story of Susanna and the elders is a brief text included in the book of Daniel (chapter 13) of the Old Testament by the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches. This biblical episode has been present throughout the History of Art since the very early years of Christianity. This post compare the different treatments… Continue reading Susanna and the elders
Artemisia Gentileschi was a Baroque painter that contributed with a feminine perspective for the recurrent themes of her period. She was considered as one of the most accomplished painters in the generation following Caravaggio. By that time, women were not easily accepted by the artistic community or patrons. She is famous for painting many examples of… Continue reading Who was Artemisia Gentileschi?