Sofonisba Anguissola and the Ideal Female Courtier

    Italian painter Sofonisba Anguissola has received significant scholarly attention for her vast array of self-portraits. As one of the earliest professional artists to create a significant number of portraits of herself, scholars have looked to her works as a way to understand how this remarkable young noblewoman created such a successful career for herself.Continue reading “Sofonisba Anguissola and the Ideal Female Courtier”

Reframing History: Sister Plautilla Nelli

Sister Plautilla Nelli (1524-1588) was a self-taught artist and is often considered the first known woman artist of Florence. She was a nun in the Dominican convent of St. Catherine of Siena, where she was heavily influenced by the teachings of Dominican friar and avid preacher Savonarola. Savonarola advocated for devotional paintings and encouraged womanContinue reading “Reframing History: Sister Plautilla Nelli”

Saint and Sinner: The Legacies of Two Byzantine Empresses

The legacies that shape the memory of notable historical figures are passed down through oral and written tradition. Through time and with the storyteller’s bias, these stories and legacies change to create specific memories that stay with the figure and become a part of accepted history. The question becomes how accurate are the legacies andContinue reading “Saint and Sinner: The Legacies of Two Byzantine Empresses”

Can You Name Five Great Women Artists?

While every month is Women’s History Month at Renaissance Reframed, March is a month for us to contribute our voice to the celebration of Women’s History and reflect upon the important work of scholars, advocates, and organizations who have come before us. We proudly proclaim ourselves as “feminist art historians,” who have dedicated most ofContinue reading “Can You Name Five Great Women Artists?”

Reframing History: Alessandro de’ Medici, Duke of Florence

Alessandro de’ Medici was the first Duke of the Florence from 1532 to his death in 1537. Alessandro was the last of the senior line of the Medici family to lead Florence, recognized as the only son of Lorenzo II de’ Medici (the grandson of Lorenzo the Great). Yet, there are many questions about whoContinue reading “Reframing History: Alessandro de’ Medici, Duke of Florence”

How to Look at Art

Whenever I mention that I am an art historian, one of the first things people say is either how intimidating they find museums or how they ‘just don’t get art’. Both as an art historian and an art lover, let me tell you that both of these things are easier to overcome than you think.Continue reading “How to Look at Art”

An Early Modern Christmas

As Christmas nears, many of us have spent the last few weeks decorating Christmas trees, baking cookies, and wrapping presents in preparation. Holiday traditions such as these have become so ingrained in our modern (Western) society, but what was Christmas like over four hundred years ago during the Renaissance and Early Modern period? This week,Continue reading “An Early Modern Christmas”

Art Gift Guides 2020

The holiday season is upon us once again and if you’re like us, I’m sure you’re scrambling to figure out what to get everyone on your list. This year has been hard enough already, so we hope to make it a little easier by creating these art-themed gift guides! We are also dedicating ourselves toContinue reading “Art Gift Guides 2020”

Studying Art History: Surviving Graduate School

Tip #1: Get by with a little help from your friends It is important to find your community, both in class and outside of it. Remember that the other people in your program are not your competition, but that you are all working toward the same goal! Lean on each other, these people will beContinue reading “Studying Art History: Surviving Graduate School”

Selfie Culture

The selfie has become a trendy topic of discussion, both positively and negatively, since the popularity of cell phones and social media grew. People criticize the “selfie culture,” discussing how younger generations are self-absorbed for posting carefully posed and edited images of themselves on social media. But this isn’t new. In fact, its hundreds ofContinue reading “Selfie Culture”