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

Art History, On this day..., Painters

On this day… was born Edith Martineau

On this day in 1842 was born in Liverpool the watercolour painter Edith Martineau. She was the daughter of an eminent Unitarian minister and her sister Gertrude Martineau was a painter of animals. Woman with flowers by Edith Martineau)Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)A flower girl by Edith Martineau(Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons) She started her art education… Continue reading On this day… was born Edith Martineau

Painters, Renaissance

Bernardino Campi painting Sofonisba Anguissola

As I commented last week, the last posts of January would be dedicated to the artists of the exhibition ‘Tale of Two Women Painters’. This week is on one of the most interesting paintings in the show: Bernardino Campi painting Sofonisba Anguissola. And despite the absence of consensus on the authorship, it is undeniable that… Continue reading Bernardino Campi painting Sofonisba Anguissola

Art, Art History, Artists, Painters, Renaissance

The Chess Game by Sofonisba Anguissola

Sofonisba Anguissola was one of the greatest female artists of the late Renaissance who is famous for her portraits of the Spanish court of Phillip II and self-portraits. She also painted minitures and group portraits, several of them were finished after her departure to Spain. Anguissola was born in Cremona in 1532, she’s the oldest… Continue reading The Chess Game by Sofonisba Anguissola

Artists, Painters, Renaissance

Who was Sofonisba Anguissola?

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?