Artemisia Gentileschi, Self portrait as a Lute Player, 1615-16 / Sleeping Venus with Cupid, 1625-30 / Danae, 1612 / Judith and the Maidservant with the Head of Holofernes, c.1625
Artemisia was the daughter of the ‘famoso’ painter Orazio, the Tuscan. She grew up in his studio workshop, learning how to draw and grind pigments… how to be a painter. She surpassed her brothers and was eventually allowed entry into the Accademia dell’ Arte del Disegno in Florence. The first female to achieve this honour. Thumbs up.
She was just brilliant. Despite all she experienced in her early life, (we all know about the rape case) she came through it, and was hugely, hugely successful. Her passion for and absolute devotion to painting drove her and it shows in her work. They are so dramatic and passionate.
She was painter to the Medici and Charles I. She was a friend of Galileo Galilei. The nephew of Michelangelo held her in high esteem and commissioned her to paint for Casa Buonarroti. She lived in Florence, Rome, Naples, London… she was well travelled and adventurous.
When I see her paintings, I feel such respect and admiration. I discovered her at an early age and think of her often. Her story has stayed with me and she continues to inspire me with her strength and courage.
Roberto Longhi, an Art Historian I admire greatly, described her as ‘the only woman in Italy who ever knew about painting, colouring, draughting and other fundamentals’. Her paintings are bold and defiant. Mi piace molto molto cosi.
For his latest project, Tim Tadder found a bunch of bald men and threw water balloons at their heads, literally!
Cool as all fucks
this is win
that first dude totally looks like Alex ArmstrongI mean what
I love how Stiles is all smirky and playful while Derek’s being so damn careful. ♥
Not dressed like that you’re not…