Arts Everyday Living: Self Portraits of Women Artists–From a Princess to an Astronomer’s Wife



Louise Hollandine, Princess of Palatinate, Self Portrait, c. 1650, oil on canvas, Private Collection

Here’s a trio of women artists who may not be that well known but have left posterity with three memorable self-portraits, starting with German painter Louise Hollandine, (1622-1709) who was also a princess as well as an abbess.

Ludovike Simanowiz, Self Portrait, 1792, oil on canvas, Museumlandschaft Hessen Kassel, Kassel, Germany

Ludovike Simanowiz (1759-1827) was also a German painter, specializing in portraits. She had an eventful life, including escaping the French Revolution.

Julie Hagen-Schwarz, Self Portrait, 1855, oil on canvas, Tartu Art Museum, Tartu, Estonia

Daughter of an artist, Julie Hagen-Schwarz (1824-1902) was from Germany too and a successful portraitist. She married a astronomer, spending her honeymoon in Siberia.

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