24 lokakuuta 2019

My Pilgrimage to Botticelli & Artemisia

The Women I Think About at Night by Mia Kankimäki charmed me last year. Inspired by the book, I headed to Florence to track Renaissance female painters & muses. These noble Renaissance beauties staring from the walls of The Uffizi died, as a rule, at childbirth at a very young age. They include among others Botticelli's model for Spring & Venus, Simonetta Vespucci (1453-1476). The Uffizi was crammed full on the day I visited, so it was pretty painful to see anything through the human wall. Tourists from all over the world flocked to Botticelli's works on their pilgrimage. But I did see a glimpse of Spring and Venus!

Here is one famous painting seen in many art books:
Battista Sforza (1446-1472) & Federico da Montefeltro by Piero della Francesca

Of the few female painters of the next century, The Baroque, I saw only two works by Artemisia Gentileschi (1593-1653) - The Uffizi has six. She is undoubtedly he most famous Italian female painter of the Baroque whose exhibition will be on display at the Tate Gallery in London next year (4 April - 26 July). Artemisia had a tough youthful experience: her artist-father's colleague raped the girl, which resulted in a tormenting and lengthy trial.

Saint Catherine of Alexandria

Judith & Holofernes, 1620-21

One Gentileschi's painting was among the ceiling panels in Casa Buonarroti. Beautiful blue-tone work that was a bit tricky to photograph. I didn't know anything about Gentileschi before Kankimäki's book but she really seems to be in: a painting acquisition and an exhibition at Tate - not bad for this 17th-century feminist!


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16 kommenttia:

  1. Incredible exhibition. I’m so glad they allowed photographs ... thank you for sharing!

  2. Hi Riitta,
    thank you for sharing those great pictures from Boticelli!
    Wishing you a lovely day,
    Love and hugs, Claudia xo

  3. Hallo Riita,
    das sind ja ganz wunderbare Eindrücke aus den Uffizien. Als wir vor Jahren in Florenz waren,
    war es zwar auch sehr gut besucht, aber wir konnten uns die Geburt der Venus doch ansehen.
    Ein beeindruckendes Bild. Leider ist es so, dass viele Frauen bei der Geburt der Kinder starben.
    Das berüchtigte Kindbettfieber war oft auch der Fall und hier hat der österreichische Arzt
    Semmelweiß doch sehr viel für die Frauen getan.

    Mich interessiert die Van Gogh Ausstellung in Frankfurt, aber fotografieren darf man da mit Sicherheit nicht. Ich habe gestern einen Bericht über die Ausstellung gesehen.
    Aber ob ich da nach Frankfurt fahren, das muß ich jetzt erst mal sehen.

    Lieben Gruß Eva

    1. Liebe Eva,
      Die meisten Menschen wollten Botticelli und Leonardo da Vinci sehen, andere Zimmer waren nicht so voll. Ich bin drei Stunden durch die Uffizien gewandert - so viel zu sehen!
      Die Van Goh Ausstellung in Frankfurt wäre sicherlich grossartig!

      Noch im 19. Jahrhundert war die Kindersterblichkeit in Finnland hoch,jetzt ist die Situation ausgezeichnet. Jetzt muss ich los, die Helsinki Buchmesse erwartet!

  4. Thanks for sharing the video about Artemisia's works.
    Glad you enjoyed your visit.

  5. Grandes mestres da pintura, aproveito para desejar a continuação de uma boa semana.

    Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa
    O prazer dos livros

  6. Anonyymi24 lokakuuta

    Dear riitta,
    these ceiling paintings are really impressive and simply an enrichment for every visitor.
    Thanks for choosing the beautiful pictures.♥
    Sincerely moni

  7. Vaikuttavia kuvia. Kiitos.
    Sinulla oli onnea.

  8. Bonitas obras de arte. Besitos.

  9. ...I love scrolling through the paintings while listening to the piano. Thanks Ritta for sharing all of this beauty today. I hope that you have a fabulous weekend.

  10. Hello, beautiful exhibit and painting. The ceiling is gorgeous. Enjoy your day, wishing you a happy new week!

  11. Oh how I loved our visits to Florence! The Uffizi Museum was just one of the highlights of our visits! Thank you!!

  12. Riitta - power to the women artists! We just visited a historic home in England today, and it featured some of the work of Louisa Bereford, a Marchioness who specialized in Pre-Raphaelite watercolors. So encouraging to see! Thanks for linking these beauties to Mosaic Monday!

  13. What beauty! I'm so glad you went. Now I'm curious about that book! Enjoy your week sweet friend!

  14. Artemisia - so tragic! Glad you got to see the amazing artwork even if the place was so crowded. Hopefully you get to see more at Tate, and experience will be better.



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