Self-portrait is a very common subject among painters since the early Renaissance. And of course, it is a frequent subject among women artists too, as the most evident example we have Frida Kahlo’s self-portraits. But today, I want to share with you the first self-portraits created by women. Self-portrait by Caterina van Hemessen, 1548 The… Continue reading First self-portraits painted by women
The Renaissance artist Sofonisba Anguissola is well-known for her paintings, especially for the portraits of her family and of members of the Spanish court. However, not many people know that she was fantastic at drawing too. Old woman studying the alphabet with a laughing girl and Asdrubale bitten by a crawfish are the only drawings… Continue reading Drawings by Sofonisba Anguissola
Lately the painting Lady in a Fur Wrap has been subject of debate, probably due to the recent Anguissola’s exhibition at the Museo del Prado in Madrid, as the Italian has been considered as a possible author of the portrait. Lady in a Fur Wrap - attributed to Alonso Sánchez Coello, Pollock House(Photo credit: Pinterest)… Continue reading Unwrapping an Icon
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
This is the question I have for you today. Lately, many museums are hosting solo exhibitions of women artists and having more works by women on permanent display. Is this a sign that finally women are achieving their deserved place in the museums? Still Life with Flowers, a Silver-gilt Goblet, Dried Fruit, Sweetmeats, Bread sticks,… Continue reading Are women artists finding their place in museums?