10 février 2022

National Gallery of Victoria acquires Lavinia Fontana painting, first woman professional painter in Europe

Lavinia Fontana, Mystic marriage of St Catherine, c. 1575. Oil on copper, 48.5 x 33.6 cm. Felton Bequest, 2021. MELBOURNE.- Italian artist Lavinia Fontana (1552-1614) is widely recognised as the first woman to become a professional painter in Europe, winning many prestigious commissions and becoming the first woman admitted into the illustrious guild for painters in Rome, the Accademia di San Luca. Generously acquired by the Felton Bequest, Fontana’s Mystic marriage of St Catherine, c. 1575, is the first painting by this... [Lire la suite]
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03 avril 2021

VMFA acquires portrait by iconic 16th-century woman artist Lavinia Fontana

Lavinia Fontana (Italian, 1552-1614), Portrait of a Lady, 1585. Courtesy Virginia Museum of Fine Arts RICHMOND, VA.- The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts announced their recent acquisition of Portrait of a Lady (1585) by Lavinia Fontana (1552-1614), a celebrated woman artist from Bologna. “Lavinia Fontana was a pioneer during her lifetime. The discovery and acquisition of this piece elevates VMFA’s collection of late Renaissance art,” says Alex Nyerges, VMFA’s CEO and Director. “Her work demonstrates the significant yet... [Lire la suite]
18 octobre 2020

From Old Master paintings to Contemporary art: Dorotheum announces major auction

  VIENNA.- From Bicci di Lorenzo to Eugen von Blaas, from Chaim Soutine to Lucio Fontana — November at Dorotheum offers art lovers and collectors a vast range of genres from the Middle Ages to the present day. Works of art, Old Masters and 19th century paintings will be the first items to be presented during Classic Week (5-10 November 2020). The end of the month, from 24 to 30 November 2020, will be dedicated to Contemporary Week comprising modern and contemporary art. Rounding off this stellar auction week are... [Lire la suite]
20 octobre 2019

A Tale of Two Women Painters: Sofonisba Anguissola and Lavinia Fontana at Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid

MADRID - The exhibition will reveal the artistic personality of two of the most outstanding women artists in western art. Through a total of 60 works and for the first time, the Museo del Prado will jointly present the most important paintings by Sofonisba Anguissola (ca.1535-1625) and Lavinia Fontana (1552-1614). The two artists achieved recognition and fame among their contemporaries for and despite their status as female painters. Both were able to break away from the prevailing stereotypes assigned to women in relation to... [Lire la suite]
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09 janvier 2019

National Museum of Women in the Arts unveils major collection reinstallation

Lavinia Fontana, Portrait of a Noblewoman, ca. 1580; Oil on canvas, 45 1/4 x 35 1/4 in.; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Gift of Wallace and Wilhelmina Holladay; Funding for the frame generously provided by the Texas State Committee. © 2019 national museum of women in the arts.   WASHINGTON, DC.- The National Museum of Women in the Arts presents a major reinstallation of its collection galleries with an expansive array of paintings, photographs and sculptures, including recent acquisitions, rarely... [Lire la suite]
12 juin 2018

The pirate that saved England at Bonhams Old Masters sale

Lot 51. Anglo-Dutch School, late 16th-early 17th Century, Portrait of Sir Francis Drake (circa 1540-1596), three-quarter-length, in half-armour, blackened and gilded, ornately decorated with depictions of trophies of arms, holding a baton in his right hand and a rapier in his left, standing beside a plumed helmet on a table draped with a green cloth, oil on canvas, 104.6 x 79.7cm (41 3/16 x 31 3/8in). Estimate £ 300,000-500,000 (€ 340,000 - 570,000). Photo: Bonhams. LONDON.- A portrait... [Lire la suite]

03 novembre 2017

A bouyant mood sets the tone at TEFAF New York Fall

Egyptian Limestone Relief. Photo: Charles Ede. NEW YORK, NY.- The second edition of TEFAF New York Fall came to a close yesterday, November 1, 2017, at the historic Park Avenue Armory, following six days of steady, strong sales and attendance from international artworld and academic leaders, collectors, and the public. The Fair presented 95 of the world’s top art and antiques dealers, including a dozen new participants, with museum-caliber fine and decorative arts ranging from antiquity to the early 20thcentury,... [Lire la suite]
23 décembre 2013

Lavinia Fontana (Bologna 1552 - 1614 Rome), Portrait of a girl, in a pink embroidered dress, wearing a coral necklace

Lavinia Fontana (Bologna 1552 - 1614 Rome), Portrait of a girl, in a pink embroidered dress, wearing a coral necklace. Photo Sotheby's oil on metal; diameter: 3 7/8 in.; 9.9 cm. Estimation 60,000 — 80,000 USD Provenance: Anonymous sale, London, Christie's, 10 July 1998, lot 66;Anonymous sale ("Property from a Private Collection"), New York, Sotheby's, 27 May 2004, lot 101;There purchased by the present collector. Lavinia Fontana was trained by her father, Prospero, who was one of the leading painters in their native city of... [Lire la suite]
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12 août 2013

Lavinia Fontana (Bologna 1552–1614 Rome), Portrait of a Noblewoman, ca. 1580

Lavinia Fontana (Bologna 1552–1614 Rome), Portrait of a Noblewoman, ca. 1580; Oil on canvas, 45 1/4 x 35 1/4 in. Gift of Wallace and Wilhelmina Holladay. National Museum of Women in the Arts © 2012 National Museum of Women in the Arts. Portrait of a Noblewoman illustrates Lavinia Fontana’s ability to render sumptuous clothing and jewels in astonishing detail. The contrast between the woman and the painting’s plain, dark background is especially strong, ensuring that viewers will focus on the figure. ... [Lire la suite]
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23 septembre 2010

Women Artists of the Renaissance

Renaissance Europe was not a promising place for female artists to emerge. Women were expected to marry and have children, and those who did work were not welcomed into male-dominated professions. In fact women were unable to even receive formal art training (a cornerstone of which was the study of the nude).But some did emerge. Privately taught, often by their fathers who were drafting them into the family business, and talented enough to gain commissions on merit alone, some women successfully made a living as artists.Here are ten... [Lire la suite]