Tag: portraiture

When you are being immortalised in paint, to be looked upon by family and friends for generations to come, naturally you want to look your best. This 16th-century portrait by Bernardino Licinio is no exception. This lady is dressed to impress with a rich, velvety gown, fine jewellery and a complicated-looking hairstyle: On closer inspection however, her sleeves are in tatters, with small cuts running across…

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Gustav Klimt: 100 years

Posted by Published on January 20, 2017

  In today’s art community, Austrian painter Gustav Klimt‘s stunningly sumptuous images are consistently a popular favourite; his glimmering world of opulence and eroticism is irresistible. An artist far ahead of his time, he is remembered as one of the greatest decorative painters of the twentieth century, with one of art history’s most significant bodies of erotic art. Explore the artist’s influences and distinctive styles ahead of…

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The first woman artist: Lavinia Fontana

Posted by Published on July 29, 2014

Lavinia Fontana (1552-1614) was an Italian painter of the Mannerist school and one of the most important portraitists in Bologna during the late 16th century. August 2014 will mark 400 years since her death so it seems timely to examine her paintings and life as a female artist in the Renaissance period. She was remarkable in being one of the first women to execute large,…

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