The Holy Family is a subject that became popular in art in the early 16th century, it consists mainly of the Child Jesus, the Virgin Mary and Saint Joseph, but sometimes the artists added other important figure of the Christianity, such as St Baptist, Saint Elizabeth or Saint Catherine of Alexandria. However, the veneration of… Continue reading Holy Family with St Catherine of Alexandria by Lavinia Fontana
Among the works of Lavinia Fontana there are a curious group of oil on cooper paintings of little dimensions in which the artist alternates portraits and religious scenes. This kind of painting are usually called piccola pittura, and it had a great development in the Bolognese school. The use of cooper as a support for… Continue reading Double portrait of a married couple by Lavinia Fontana
Marietta Robusti was a painter of the Italian Renaissance born in Venice (probably in the year 1560). She was the eldest daughter of the famous painter Jacopo Robusti, better known as Tintoretto, for this reason she is sometimes referred to as Tintoretta. Robustti lived in Venice all her life, her artistic training consisted in serving… Continue reading Who was Marietta Robusti?
Elisabetta Sirani was an Italian painter and printmaker of the Baroque. She was seminal artist in early modern Bologna and established an academy for other women artists. Sirani was born in Bologna in 1638, she was the first of four children. Her father was a painter of the School of Bologna and at first, he… Continue reading On this day… died Elisabetta Sirani
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