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H Niyazi

Fascinating post David. I only recently came across that Raphael engraving by Raimondi in Yale's collection.

With regards to the the topic - I would like to raise one point - where are the ladies?!

This time last year I wrote a post about Rembrandt and the evolution of self portraiture - I did get to the end of it and manage to mention Frida Kahlo, but saving that, realised that my art historical exposure, both formal and informal had been remarkably misogynistic! This was why I started the series on women artists and invited guest posts on the topic.

In painting specifically we have Caterina von Hemessen's early example of an artist at her easel, later followed by similar, wonderful variations of the same theme by Sofonisba Anguissola and Judth Leyster (among others).

Do you feel it is accurate to say that Early Modern art history is skewed in its representation of women?

Kind Regards

Alberti's Window

Very interesting post! I like Hasan's point about female artists. It is interesting to consider, however, that many female artists did not have similar opportunities to train/work in a studio as men. As far as I know, we don't have much information about the studios in which female artists did work. I've always assumed that artists like Lavinia Fontana maintained a studio (or studio space) within her own home, since Fontana has depicted her easel in the background of this self-portrait from 1577.

On another note, I've always thought it interesting that Delacroix chose to depict Michelangelo in his studio, but Michelangelo isn't in the act of creating a work of art. Instead, the artist is lost deep in thought - which emphasizes the idea that the creative activity takes place in the artist's mind, not in the process of physical creation. Michelangelo's chisel is even cast aside (in a Romanticized fit of dejection?).

David Packwood

Thanks to both of you for your comments.

H. Don't worry. Sophonisba in next post.

My copy of the Raphael print comes from a catalogue of the artist in French holdings. It was curated by the late Sylvie Beguin, in 1984.

M. Good points. I think that Delacroix's Michelangelo is almost a self-portrait. In his journal, Delacroix discusses melancholia and creativity- it's an image of his studio as much as Michelangelo's.



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