Art, Art History, Pre-Raphaelite

Ophelia

Ophelia is one of the most famous female characters of Shakespeare’s plays. She is a young noblewoman of Denmark in the worldly acclaimed drama Hamlet. In the play, Ophelia is the daughter of Polonius, sister of Laertes and the potential wife of the Prince Hamlet. Ophelia by Pierre Auguste Cot (1870) - Private CollectionOphelia by… Continue reading Ophelia

Art History, Artists, On this day..., Painters

On this day… died Elisabetta Sirani

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

Impressionism, On this day..., Painters

On this day… was born Mary Cassatt

Mary Cassatt was an American painter and printmaker born in Pennsylvania, however she lived in France many years. There she befriended artists as Edgar Degas and exhibited with the Impressionist group. The French art critic Gustave Geffroy told in 1894 that Cassatt was one of les trois grandes dames of Impressionism alongside Berthe Morisot and… Continue reading On this day… was born Mary Cassatt

Art, mythological art, women of mythology

Bacchantes or Maenads?

Who were them? In fact, there isn’t only one answer. According to some sources Maenads and Bacchantes aren’t the same, they said that Maenads were divine feminine beings who served the god Dionysus, as the nymphs, while the Bacchantes were mortal women who dedicated themselves to his cult. However, the most accepted theory is that… Continue reading Bacchantes or Maenads?