Madonna and Child by Lorenzo Lotto

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MADONNA AND CHILD WITH SAINT CATHERINE AND SAINT JAMES BY LORENZO LOTTO

What makes Madonna and Child with Saint Catherine and Saint James by Lorenzo Lotto housed at the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna so special? Who commissioned the painting and where was it supposed to be placed?
It’s not easy to answer these questions, but you may formulate some hypotheses and you may understand the greatness of Lorenzo Lotto.

In this post I’ll make you discover a masterpiece.

Madonna and Child with Saint Catherine and Saint James

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Life ad works of Sofonisba Anguissola, a Renaissance artist

Sofonisba Anguissola | Self-Portrait

Sofonisba Anguissola, Self-Portrait

LIFE AND WORKS OF SOFONISBA ANGUISSOLA, A RENAISSANCE ARTIST

Sofonisba Anguissola is one of the most important female painters of Italian Renaissance.
Born into a noble family, she took painting lessons, but also music, literature, foreign languages and philosophy lessons and, thanks to her well-rounded education, she could participate in the artistic life of the main Italian courts and establish relationships with the most famous artists of her time.
Her name appears in “The Lives” by Giorgio Vasari, and Michelangelo considered her a highly talented woman.

After telling you the life and works of female painter Catharina van Hemessen, in this post I’ll talk about the story of Sofonisba Anguissola.

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Life and works of Catharina van Hemessen, a Flemish female painter

Catharina van Hemessen | self-portrait

Catharina van Hemessen, self-portrait

LIFE AND WORKS OF CATHARINA VAN HEMESSEN, A FLEMISH FEMALE PAINTER

Catharina van Hemessen is the first Flemish female painter whose life and works are known.
Her story and works, together with those of many other female artists, make us rewrite a piece of art history where women played an important role, not only as muses or models.

The story of Catharina is that of a high talented woman, and it can’t be hidden from the world.
Although few of her works have survived to the present day, Catharina has an important place in art history of the XVI century and she proves that also women, with tenacity and talent, could emerge from a field such as art in the 16th century, controlled by men.

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Portrait of a Man in a Red Turban by van Eyck

Jan van Eyck | Portrait of a Man in a Red Turban

Jan van Eyck, Portrait of a Man in Red Turban (1433)

PORTRAIT OF A MAN IN A RED TURBAN BY VAN EYCK: DESCRIPTION AND CURIOUS FACTS

Who is the man in the painting Portrait of a Man in a Red Turban by van Eyck and why is he wearing a red turban?
This painting is shrouded in mystery, like other van Eyck’s works and all his life.
According to little information about van Eyck, he was a gifted artist, born in the second half of the 14th century.

In this post you’ll discover a painting which is maybe his self-portrait.

Portrait of a Man in a Red Turban by van Eyck 

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A bar at the Folies-Bergère by Manet

Manet | bar delle Folies-Bergère

A BAR AT THE FOLIES-BERGÈRE BY MANET: DESCRIPTION, ANALYSIS AND CURIOUS FACTS

What is the barmaid depicted in the painting A bar at the Folies-Bergère by Manet thinking about and what is she really looking at in front of her?
Questions that I often ask myself when looking at the last great masterpiece by Manet.

A bar at the Folies-Bergère by Manet was the last painting Manet exhibited at the Paris Salon, in 1882. It was certainly the last major painting the artist did, and it is considered to be his artistic testament.

In this post you’ll find the analysis, description and some curious facts about the painting.

A bar at the Folies-Bergère by Manet

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