Reframing History: Anne Seymour Damer, the “Sappho of Sculpture”

When discussing female artists who rejected traditional gender norms, many art historians reference Rosa Bonheur, but before Bonheaur was the so-called “Sappho of Sculpture” Anne Seymour Damer (1748-1828). Damer was an English sculptor, described by English writer, art historian, and politician (and her god-father) Horace Walpole as a “female genius.” In addition to sculpting, sheContinue reading “Reframing History: Anne Seymour Damer, the “Sappho of Sculpture””

Looking Outside of the Discipline by Taylor Curry

When studying art history, we normally have two main veins we can use for research: the artist or the work itself. But what if you aren’t looking into a specific artist or art work? For my research, I’m typically looking at specific patrons and while they might have preferred one artist or another, there areContinue reading “Looking Outside of the Discipline by Taylor Curry”

Reframing History: Brass Memorial of Agnes Oxenbridge and Elizabeth Etchingham

On the floor of the side aisle of The Assumption of Blessing Mary and St. Nicholas church in Etchingham, England, a brass from the 1480s commemorating two women buried together may be a reminder of an important and close connection between the two and a rare example of a same-sex relationship in the Early ModernContinue reading “Reframing History: Brass Memorial of Agnes Oxenbridge and Elizabeth Etchingham”

Burn Out in the Art World

The topic of “burn out” has become increasingly more popular over the last several years as many people have become more aware of their mental health and the effect the endless “go-go-go” mentality can have on it. Burn out has become even more prevalent in the last few years as, combined with the endless stressContinue reading “Burn Out in the Art World”

Renaissance Reframed News Round Up

Catch up on some of the latest news happening in the art world! Woman Finds 2,000-Year Old Roman Bust at Texas Goodwill (Hyperallergic) Budding art collector Laura Young has made a habit of discovering the interesting and overlooked works of art that are often overlooked and sent to thrift stores, but nothing prepared her forContinue reading “Renaissance Reframed News Round Up”

Renaissance Reframed Reflection

This website started out as a passion project after graduating with our Masters and we were unsure we’d be able to find jobs in the midst of the pandemic. Almost two years later, we’re both busy with jobs which has taken away much of our time to focus on sharing with you guys. This meansContinue reading “Renaissance Reframed Reflection”

Reframing History: Anne Vallayer-Coster

Anne Vallayer-Coster was born near Paris in 1744 to a goldsmith and tapestry designer of the royal family. Like many women artists in the 18th century, she trained under her father but also gained some training from botanical specialist Madeleine Basseport and marine painter Joseph Vernet. While she had training, without proper support, she wasContinue reading “Reframing History: Anne Vallayer-Coster”

The Art of War: Protecting Heritage During War

This post comes from many of the articles that have appeared in recent weeks following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the shocking violence and destruction that has been the result. In addition to civilian lives lost, the art and artists of Ukraine are facing destruction and loss. Museums scramble to protect their collections, galleries areContinue reading “The Art of War: Protecting Heritage During War”

Catherine de’ Medici’s Identities II

This post is a continued discussion of Catherine de’ Medici. We’d recommend you read this post first before diving into this deeper discussion. NEGOTIATING IDENTITIES AND MEDIATING STATUS Catherine de’ Medici became a deeply engaged art collector and patron after her husband Henri’s death, when she occupied the positions of queen mother or queen regentContinue reading “Catherine de’ Medici’s Identities II”

Reframing History: Edmonia Lewis

The first African American and Native American sculptor to archive international acclaim, Mary Edmonia Lewis was born in New York in 1844. Born to a mother of Mississauga Ojibwe and African-American descent, Lewis was surrounded by Indigenous artisans and sold Ojibwe items to tourists visiting Niagara Falls and the surrounding area. By the time sheContinue reading “Reframing History: Edmonia Lewis”