Painters, religious art

Holy Family with St Catherine of Alexandria by Lavinia Fontana

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

Artists, Painters

New-born baby in a crib by Lavinia Fontana

The representation of children and babies throughout the history of art varied over the centuries; there are imagined scenes of play, images of loss and hardship and, of course, the traditional portraits. Looking at them helps us to understand the own concept of childhood at different periods of time. Some of the earliest depictions of… Continue reading New-born baby in a crib by Lavinia Fontana

Artists, Painters, painting, Renaissance

Double portrait of a married couple 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

Art History, Museum

The National Museum of Women in the Arts

The National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA), located in Washington, D.C. is the only major museum in the whole world solely dedicated to women’s achievements in arts (visual, performing, literary). The idea for this museum came from the will to answer a very simple and obvious question (but not common): Where are all… Continue reading The National Museum of Women in the Arts

Artists, Painters, Renaissance

Portrait of Antonietta Gonzalez by Lavinia Fontana

As the exhibition ‘A Tale of Two Women Painters’ at Museo del Prado is coming to its end, I will dedicate the last posts of January to both artists. Today is to one painting that was commented as the great absence of the exhibition and probably one of the most famous portraits signed by Lavinia… Continue reading Portrait of Antonietta Gonzalez by Lavinia Fontana