Judith Leyster is the most discussed female painter from the Dutch Baroque period, her Self-Portrait considered one of Leyster’s most prominent works due to its technical skill and content. However, Leyster’s Self-Portrait was not always considered a self-portrait. Following Leyster’s death in 1660, the work was misattributed to Frans Hals for over three centuries untilContinue reading “Judith Leyster, A Great Woman Artist?: Leyster’s Self-Portrait (1630-33) and The Influence of Feminist Scholarship”
When I hear around an upcoming art exhibition, there are few words that get me as excited as “Medici” and “portraits” in the same sentence. The Medici family were the heart of the Italian Renaissance in Florence, serving as major patrons for the arts and supporting many of the most successful artists of the era.Continue reading “Exhibition: The Medici: Portraits and Politics, 1512-1570”
This is part 1 of a two part discussion on Fragonard’s “Progress of Love.” I loved writing and researching this paper even though it is not a Renaissance work. I hope you guys enjoy it too! – Taylor
For my most recent Zoom lecture, I decided to talk about a super interesting and complicated topic…Nazi art theft and the Monuments Men.
Museums have secured a place in contemporary society as a space for the general public to educate and reflect, but in recent years museums have struggled with their role as an authority in a postmodern world. Exhibitions aiming to challenge this authority have grown in popularity, but the introduction of postmodern themes in the museumContinue reading “The Wrong Place at the Wrong Time: The Failure of the Royal Ontario Museum’s “Into the Heart of Africa””
Hello everyone! This is definitely one of the more outrageous papers I have ever written. I will say, the footnotes are extremely important, so make sure to check them out. As always, comment for questions about sources or other questions/comments. -Taylor Psyche’s Second Task with a River God from the Sala di Psiche in the PalazzoContinue reading “Eroticism and Urination”
Little is known about Marietta Robusti, the daughter of infamous artist Tintoretto. Only one self-portrait is attributed to her, but is the woman in the painting actually Marietta?
I am thrilled to share the next installment of my lecture series investigating Judith, Holofernes, Abra, and Artemisia Gentileschi.
In academic circles, a word that is inescapable when discussing Renaissance art is paragone. Paragone translated from Italian, generally means “comparison” and this theme of comparison was the backbone for much of the Italian Renaissance. Paragone was a major topic of debate during the early modern period, pitting artists, philosophers, and humanists against one anotherContinue reading “The Heart of Renaissance Art: ‘Paragone’”
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”