For the past year, Florence, Italy-based conservators Elisabeth Wicks and Marina Vincenti has been restoring two important paintings by Violante Ferroni.Their context and subject matter make them even more relevant today then when the restoration first began. Read my article about the project at DailyArt Magazine.
Angelica Kauffmann RA, 1741–1807, Swiss, active in Britain (1766–81), Self Portrait, undated, Graphite on medium, slightly textured, cream laid paper, Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection, B1977.14.5552. I just love Angelica Kauffman's art, and I adore writing about her. Kauffman (1741-1807) was a master of Neo-Classical history painting - one of the only… Continue reading The Art of Angelica Kauffman
While at the Metropolitan Museum of Art a few weeks ago, a small religious diptych from 18th-century Ethiopia caught my eye. The Ethiopians have one of the oldest Christian traditions in the world. They have also produced many wonderful icons.
Anne Vallayer-Coster (1744-1818) was an 18th-century French artist who specialized in still life painting. She was so good at it that she became official painter to Marie-Antoinette.
Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens in Washington D.C. was the home of Marjorie Merriweather Post. She was a great hostess, philanthropist, and art collector. Her home is gorgeous and filled with treasures.
Thomas Jefferson was the third President of the United States, a Founding Father, and the author of the Declaration of Independence. He designed his home, Monticello, in Charlottesville, Virginia. I visited on a very rainy day in late September as part of the first leg of my vacation.