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, Painters, Renaissance, Uncategorized

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, Impressionism, On this day..., Painters

Two great women artists

This post is about two of the greatest female artists: Baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi and many years later the Impressionist painter Mary Cassatt. Artemisia Gentileschi She was a Baroque painter, 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… Continue reading Two great women artists