Art History, Painters, Renaissance

Drawings by Sofonisba Anguissola

The Renaissance artist Sofonisba Anguissola is well-known for her paintings, especially for the portraits of her family and of members of the Spanish court. However, not many people know that she was fantastic at drawing too. Old woman studying the alphabet with a laughing girl and Asdrubale bitten by a crawfish are the only drawings… Continue reading Drawings by Sofonisba Anguissola

Artists, Who was/is

Who was Ana Mendieta?

Ana Mendieta was a Cuban artist, born in Havana in 1948 to a family of prominent politicians. She worked with painting, sculpture, video and performances; however, she is better known for her earth-body works in which she could explore the relationship between the female body and the landscape. Mendieta was sent to USA with her… Continue reading Who was Ana Mendieta?

Painters, Renaissance

Bernardino Campi painting Sofonisba Anguissola

As I commented last week, the last posts of January would be dedicated to the artists of the exhibition ‘Tale of Two Women Painters’. This week is on one of the most interesting paintings in the show: Bernardino Campi painting Sofonisba Anguissola. And despite the absence of consensus on the authorship, it is undeniable that… Continue reading Bernardino Campi painting Sofonisba Anguissola

Art History, Artists, On this day...

On this day… died Harriet Powers

Hi everyone, let’s start this 2020 remembering the African American slave and folk artist Harriet Powers. She is famous for being a quilt maker who used traditional appliqué (ornamental needlework) techniques to record local legends, biblical stories or astronomical events on her quilts. Harriet Powers in 1901 (Photo credit: Wikimedia commons) Unfortunately, only two of… Continue reading On this day… died Harriet Powers