Art, Artists, Pre-Raphaelite, Who was/is

Who was Elizabeth Siddal?

Elizabeth Eleanor Siddal, better known as Lizzie Siddal, was an English poet and painter, however she is better known for being the model of famous paintings of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, such as Ophelia by Millais. Self-portrait by Lizzie Siddal in 1854 Siddal was named after her mother. Her parents were Charles Crooke Siddal and Elizabeth… Continue reading Who was Elizabeth Siddal?

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

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

mythological art, women of mythology

Medea

In Greek Mythology, Medea is the daughter of King Aeëtes of Colchis, a niece of Circe and the granddaughter of Helios, the sun’s god. In most stories she is known as a powerful sorceress. Medea is also an important figure in the myth of Jason and the Argonauts, appearing in Euripides’s tragedy Medea, in the… Continue reading Medea

Photographers, Photography, Pre-Raphaelite

The Rosebud Garden of Girls by Julia Margaret Cameron

Julia Margaret Cameron was one of the most important and innovative photographers of the 19th century. Her photographs purposely out of focus, often including scratches, smudges and other traces of the artistic’s process were considered rule-breaking by the critics of her time. She started taking up photography for her amusement at the age of 48,… Continue reading The Rosebud Garden of Girls by Julia Margaret Cameron