Rosalba Carriera (1673-1757) was as artist from Venice, primarily known for her miniatures and her pastel portraits. She was one of the most famous women artists in Italy during the Rococo period, being recognised by places such as the Academy of St. Luke in Rome and the French Royal Academy (even though they’d put a ban on admitting any more women at the time). She is said to been the first artist to paint on ivory instead of velum for miniatures, and she inspired the use of pastels as a proper ‘painting’ medium (as opposed to limiting it to sketching and studies).
Anne Anderson (1874-1930) was a Scottish illustrator from the golden age of illustration. She’s most known for her children’s book illustrations, and had a similar style to her husband, Alan Wright, though she also designed greeting cards. She collaborated on a number of works with him, however was well-respected in her own right, working on […]
Continuing on with my exploration of female artists, I decided to go with a Flemish painter from the 16th century. Although I saw a bunch of work by French artists including a few women, at the Modern Woman: Daughters and Lovers 1850 — 1918 | Drawings from the Musée d’Orsay, Paris exhibition over the weekend, I did a random search on Flemish artists and came across Caterina van Hemessen. As soon as I saw her mentioned in my Women Artists book (see link below) I looked her up.
I love stumbling across women artists, particularly artists from historical periods when being an artist or having a trade was not the done thing. I have a whole book dedicated to women artists which I adore, but I love finding new ones. Anyway, I thought I’d start doing this on a regular basis. Some will be historical, some contemporary, some I love, some I don’t care too much for but still find interesting from a historical standpoint. Anyway, here’s one to kick us off!
Margaret Sarah Carpenter (1793–1872) was a Victorian era painter in Britain who mostly focused on portraits, and continued to paint after she married. Read on…