Italian artists Titian (1488/1490-1576) and Agnolo Bronzino (1503-1572) were prolific portraitists, both of them favored by the powerful dynasties of the Italian Renaissance. For instance, Bronzino was the court painter of the Medici family, leaders of Florence for centuries. One of his most striking subjects was Eleanor of Toledo (1522-1562), the consort of Cosimo de’Medici, […]
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Irish artist Sir John Lavery (1856-1941) was a celebrated society portraitist, immortalizing sitters such as the elegant and unforgettable Evelyn Farquhar below. However, his favorite model was his second wife Hazel Martyn (1887-1935), who also was a painter, depicted in the dramatic The Red Rose above, considered one of his most popular works of art.
British artist George Spencer Watson (1869-1934) was an ingenious portraitist, creating riveting images of his subjects—from the almost super-realistic style of the unidentified sitter of The Orange Dress to the more expressive rendering of modern dancer Clotilda von Derp.
Danish master L.A. Ring (1854-1933) is considered one of his country’s leading artistic figures, renowned for his remarkable realism. Included among his subjects was his wife Sigrid Kahler, who is portrayed both pregnant, surrounded by the fertility of spring, and in a reflective mood with her husband’s paintings in the background. While in his […]
German artist Johann Heinrich Wilhelm Tischbein (1751-1829) was a skilled portraitist of famous figures in 18th century, including his fellow country man literary master Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832).
A SCOTTISH LASS & THE MOON GODDESS BEAUTY WITH RED HAIR The origins of the name Cynthia can be traced to Artemis, the ancient Greek goddess of the moon, and the location of her birth, Mt. Cynthus on Delos. Dictionary.com Scottish artist William Strang (1859-1921) was a talented painter as well as etcher. […]
Click on the work of art to enlarge or enhance it. THE BEAUTIFUL SOPRANO CELEBRITIES OF THE GILDED AGE I have dreamed all along of a peaceful life….How many times have I forsaken this way of life, but on stage as Thais. Now I have decided to realize it….* Lina Cavalieri __________________ […]