Artemisia Gentileschi's depiction of “Judith slaying Holofernes” is my favorite over Caravaggio's “Judith beheading Holofernes” because of the absolute bloodletting portrayed in her own version. In my own opinion, Artemisia Gentileschi's “Judith slaying Holofernes” is the most powerful Baroque painting considering Gentileschi's dark past. Allow me to provide such back story of this woman, and her undeniable genius. Artemisia Gentileschi had been born July 8th, of 1593. She had been an accomplished Baroque painter, despite her being a female painter in the 1600's.
Cindy Sherman was born in 1954, in Glen Ridge, New Jersey. She started off as a painter, but after becoming frustrated with the medium, turned to photography to avoid what Sherman viewed as the limits of the painting medium. She started out taking conceptual photographs of herself to call attention to the stereotypes of women, and later moved on to the other struggles of women. Cindy Sherman later became one of America’s most well-known contemporary photography artists, with many exhibits in museums around the country. To take a look at Cindy Sherman’s work, I looked at two photographs in her “Untitled Film Stills” collection.
There was once a picture that portrayed women as insignificant. Over time, female artists have been painting over this view and creating their own image. An image that has proven that women have the ability to excel in applying their creative abilities in a positive way. For instance, Frida Kahlo, a Mexican contemporary artist, pushed boundaries set by the media and dazzled the world with her artwork. Setting stereotypes aside, she stunned people with her provocative artwork, inspiring others to push their limits.
In the epic of Beowulf, women had countless roles that have been deeply respected, which were the mothers, peace-weavers and mistresses of their halls. On the other hand, women are depicted in roles that are often cynical, like Lady Macbeth, who is ambitious in ways that allow her to entice grim acts. These acts are shown in Beowulf when women take vengeance and are capable of cruel demeanors. Between Beowulf and Beowulf and Grendel, women have been depicted by many roles overruled by men The women of the Anglo-Saxons were relegated to the subordinate jobs, like marrying men to amend enemy feuds. This act was supposed to bear the troubles between the enemy tribes, hoping to gain peace.
Ruins with Sybil is a stunning oil on canvas painting painted by Giovanni Paolo Paganini in 1731. It features six figures of mixed gender, five men and one woman, and a dog. It appears that the men in the photo are all looking up to the one woman in a ruined place of worship. The woman is well lit and it looks as if a ray of sunlight is shining solely on her. Moreover, there is a large statue of a woman in the foreground of this painting and although it is shadowed it still constitutes a large part of the details.
In 1938 she had her first art gallery in America, but people thought of Frida mainly as the wife of Diego Rivera and not like an artist until the eighties. She was best known for “Self-portrait in a Velvet”, “The two Frida’s”, and “Roots”. She painted her life pain and suffering and today she is known as one of the most influential artist
She painted herself with a profound unibrow and upper lip hair, adorning her Tehuana women attire with heavy accessories and long skirts her look complete with neatly braided hair decorated with flowers Frida herself was a sight to behold much like her paintings. Some might call this vanity and self obsessed behavior. To this her reply was, “I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I
Melissa George is the main actress that plays a surgeon known as Alex Panttiere. Critics have chosen to wreak havoc on her personality for the show. She is bold, outspoken, awkward and extremely confident. People who review the show say she is arrogant and annoying. USA Today author Robert Bianco states “much of the blame goes to Melissa George, who played a similarly unbearable (and quickly dispatched) doctor on Grey’s Anatomy and stars here as world-renowned heart surgeon Alexandra Panettiere”(Bianco).
The Into the Light exhibit, located in the Thomas Center, displays a wide array of Virginia Louise Leak’s artwork. Although Leak was diagnosed with a mental illness, she was still able to produce a lifetime of art. I believe her illness is what makes her art so extraordinary and relays a deeper message than what it appears to be on the surface. To me, if you truly desire to understand a work of art you first have to learn about the artist; therefore, before I even began observing the paintings and etchings I carefully read all of the plaques that gave detailed information about Leak’s life, history, and her works of art. Not all of Leak’s painting and etchings are on display for the public, but the artwork that is available to the public is truly astonishing.
Now if the Medici story were true and the serpent has no biblical significance and is in fact just a family symbol, then that means that she has been branded even in death. She has been made property and this branding has become so enduring, that she is still seen as his today. The eroticism in this painting is also evident with her fully displayed breasts which contrasts with her status in life especially as one involved with a member of the Medici family, one must have been of high status and class to be so closely tied with the family and the depiction of her here