Art, Pre-Raphaelite, women of literature

Fiammetta

Fiammetta is one of the most famous literary characters, she appears in several of Boccaccio’s works, she was his muse and lover and was traditionally associated with Maria d’Aquino, a noblewoman of Naples, who was an illegitimate daughter of Robert Wise, King of Naples and Count of Provence. Fiammetta's song by Edwin Austin Abbey (Photo… Continue reading Fiammetta

Art, On this day..., Painters

On this day… died Adelaide Claxton

Adelaide Sophia Claxton was a Londoner illustrator, painter and inventor of the 19th century. She was one of the two daughters of British painter Marshall Claxton, both Adelaide and her sister Florence followed her father example becoming painters. Nevertheless, Adelaide did not share her father’s love for large oil paintings. She studied at Cary’s School… Continue reading On this day… died Adelaide Claxton

Art, Artists, Cinema, writer

ArtReview: Mary Shelley (the film)

Last weekend I went to watch Mary Shelley, the film that tells her story with Percy Bysshe Shelley and how this relationship inspired her to write Frankenstein or the modern Prometheus.The original title was A storm in the stars, but it was changed in January 2017. The film, directed by Haifaa al-Mansour, is based on… Continue reading ArtReview: Mary Shelley (the film)

Art History, Artists

Who was Hildegard of Bingen?

Hildegard of Bingen was a German Benedictine abbess, writer, composer, philosopher, Christian mystic, visionary, polymath and is considered by many as the founder of the scientific natural history in Germany. She is also known as Saint Hildegard and Sibyl of the Rhine. She was born over 900 years ago into a noble family and for… Continue reading Who was Hildegard of Bingen?

Art History, Artists, On this day..., Painters, Pre-Raphaelite

On this day… was born Evelyn de Morgan

Evelyn de Morgan was an English painter, born Evelyn Pickering, changing her name in 1887, when she married the ceramist William De Morgan. Her works were very influenced by the style of the Pre-Raphaelite art. She was a follower of the Edward Burne-Jones (a painter of the later phase of the Pre-Raphaelite movement) paintings. In… Continue reading On this day… was born Evelyn de Morgan