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
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
Sofonisba Anguissola was an Italian painter of the Renaissance born in Cremona. She received a well-rounded education among her five sisters, including fine arts, that was not very common, but she was born in a relatively noble family. She was an apprentice of local painters what set a precedent for women to be accepted as… Continue reading Who was Sofonisba Anguissola?
Porcia wounding her thigh by Elisabetta Sirani refers to the history of Porcia Catonis, a Roman woman famous for being the wife of one of Julius Caesar's assassins. Elisabetta Sirani was an Italian painter of Baroque period and she was the most famous woman artist in early modern Bologna and established an academy for other women… Continue reading Porcia by Elisabetta Sirani
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