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Portrait of a Young Woman.

15 Jul
Portrait of a Young Woman, ca. 1470, Gemäldegalerie, Berlin

Portrait of a Young Woman, ca. 1470, Gemäldegalerie, Berlin

This ‘Portrait of a Young Woman’ by Petrus Christus, who is considered as a successor to Jan van Eyck, belongs among the masterworks of Flemish painting in Renaissance time. For the first time a portrait does not show the sitter in front of a neutral background, but in a concrete space, here defined by the wall panels. The unknown woman, whose rich velvet clothing suggests that she might come from France, radiates an aura of discretion and of nobility. The identity of the woman stays however, an object of speculation and mystery.

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Sappho.

28 Feb

Sappho, roman fresco

Ancient Rome was a thriving civilization that began growing on the Italian Peninsula as early as the 8th century BC. Of the paintings which survive from the Roman classical world, many are frescoes from the area of Campania around Naples. Campania includes Pompeii, Herculaneum, and other towns whose buildings, paintings, and sculptures were preserved by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in AD 79. Romans used painted decoration to visually open up and lighten their living spaces. They copied or imitated many of their paintings from Hellenistic Greek originals. This Roman fresco was found in Pompeii. It shows the young woman ‘Sappho’, who was an ancient Greek poet greatly admired in all ages for the beauty of her writing style.

La Parisienne.

21 Feb
Reproduction by Emile Gilliéro

Reproduction by Emile Gilliéro

This fresco of a young woman is one of the most celebrated images of Minoan art. It dates from ca 1400 BC. She is a striking natural figure with large eyes, red-painted lips and curly hair falling playfully over her forehead. The woman belonged to a larger composition, where she was seated on a folding seat receiving, along with other male and female figures, a sacred drink. Found in 1903, the lady was named La Parisienne by Arthur Evans, as she was considered a reference of feminine beauty of that time.

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