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
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
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
Marietta Robusti was a painter of the Italian Renaissance born in Venice (probably in the year 1560). She was the eldest daughter of the famous painter Jacopo Robusti, better known as Tintoretto, for this reason she is sometimes referred to as Tintoretta. Robustti lived in Venice all her life, her artistic training consisted in serving… Continue reading Who was Marietta Robusti?
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