Artemisia Gentileschi: Libertine and Painter of the Italian Baroque. In 1916 the Italian art critic, Roberto Longhi, described Artemisia Gentileschi as “the only woman in Italy who ever knew about painting, colouring, drawing, and other fundamentals” and an ealier 19th century critic commented on Artemisia’s Magdalene stating, “no one would have imagined that it was […]Read More
Blog 66: 17/04/2018 The Renaissance Artist, Sofonisba Anguissola: A Successful Woman in a Man’s World.
The Renaissance Artist, Sofonisba Anguissola: A Successful Woman in a Man’s World. As someone who has spent their working life in the arts, many people ask which is my favourite era. It’s a hard question to answer because they are all constitute an important part of civilisation. If I had to narrow it down, I […]Read More
Marchesa Luisa Casati Stampa di Soncino: A Living Work of Art. The art world abounds with eccentrics: indeed, it thrives on them, even more so if they have lots of money to splash around. The Marchesa Luisa Adele Rosa Maria Casati Stampa di Soncino (1881-1957) was one such woman. Besides having an extraordinarily impressive name, […]Read More
Women of the Greek War of Independence. Manto Mavrogenous and Moscho Tzavela Women played a huge role in the decades leading up to and during, The Greek War of Independence in 1821, and their heroism is highly regarded in Greece. At the time, there was a huge gulf between the women of the affluent, […]Read More
Perfect Figures: The Life-like Mannequin The evolution of the mannequin probably dates back to the 15th c when they were used by milliners to show their customers how head-dresses and hats looked. At first they were made of wood but during the 18th c full-size wickerwork versions came into use. The 19th c saw the […]Read More
Ancient Greece: The Golden Age of the Banquet. As it’s that time of year when we splash out on food and entertaining, usually to later regret our excesses, I thought I would look at feasting in ancient Greece and the golden age of the banquet which had its beginnings in the 5th c B.C. After […]Read More