Art History, Baroque, Painters

Porcia by Elisabetta Sirani

Porcia wounding her thigh by Elisabetta Sirani refers to the history of Porcia Catonis, a Roman woman famous for being the wife of one of Julius Caesar's assassins. Elisabetta Sirani was an Italian painter of Baroque period and she was the most famous woman artist in early modern Bologna and established an academy for other women… Continue reading Porcia by Elisabetta Sirani

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Art History, Artists, Baroque, On this day..., Sculptors

On this day… died La Roldana

Luísa Roldán, better known as La Roldana was a Spanish sculptor of the Baroque period. And she was the first woman sculptor documented in Spain. According to Antonio Palomino (Spanish artist and writer on art) her work was so good that she was considered as important as her father. But as many artists of the… Continue reading On this day… died La Roldana

Art History, Artists, Baroque, Painters, Renaissance

Judith beheading Holofernes

The beheading of Holofernes by Judith is a biblical episode recounted in the Book of Judith, a 2nd century text deemed apocryphal by the Jewish and Protestant traditions, but included in the Catholic editions of the Bible. Also, the story of Judith and Holofernes was the subject of many paintings and sculptures in the Christian… Continue reading Judith beheading Holofernes

Art History, Artists, Baroque, Painters

Susanna and the elders

The story of Susanna and the elders is a brief text included in the book of Daniel (chapter 13) of the Old Testament by the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches. This biblical episode has been present throughout the History of Art since the very early years of Christianity. This post compare the different treatments… Continue reading Susanna and the elders

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

Who was Artemisia Gentileschi?

Artemisia Gentileschi was a Baroque painter that contributed with a feminine perspective for the recurrent themes of her period. She was considered as one of the most accomplished painters in the generation following Caravaggio. By that time, women were not easily accepted by the artistic community or patrons. She is famous for painting many examples of… Continue reading Who was Artemisia Gentileschi?