|Lavinia Fontana – Minerva Dressing|
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If You Can Make It Through This Quiz, You Might Just Survive The ApocalypseHow’d I do? You get lost and never make it to the settlement. Yeah, shocking, I know!
And then this one popped up:
What Would Your Renaissance Profession Be?I got Painter. No surprise but is this in any way realistic? Were there any chick painters back then? This was a severely oppressive time (1300 – 1700) when women were no more than chattel, property of their husbands and fathers.
Time to fire up the Google-fu.
|Catherine of Bologna|
She’s the patron saint of artists and against temptations, (I ask you – what good are temptations if I have to resist them, hmmm?). Born to money she still joined a convent. Why? I imagine it was because, she could paint here, play her viola and be free (relative to the outside, tyrannical, male dominated world).
|Fontana – Selfie at the Spinet|
Lavinia’s Da trained her in the Mannerist school. What is Mannerism? It’s said to involve an indulgence in the bizarre – queerly elongated limbs, small heads, funky poses and such. They don't look so bizarre to me but I'm probably missing something or I have a high threshold for bizarro-ness.
Lavinia was one of the first women to snag impressive, publicly commissioned figure paintings, including nudes. Way cool!
Did you know? Most women during the Renaissance were not paid in cash money. Nope, they were given gifts. Ya know, flowers and candy are nice but they don't pay the damn rent...fer Bast's sake! Lavinia was different though – she got real paydays.
Fede Galizia, also a Mannerist, was 22 years younger than Lavinia and from Milan, a little over 200 miles away. Her old man, Nunzio Galizia, a miniaturist, taught her how to wield a brush – she became a painter of still lifes and portraits. I can’t find much about her personal life apart from the fact that she never married. She was a big going concern though and didn’t have a man (or a convent) fronting for her. AWESOME! I wonder how she managed that, given the restrictions of the time. She must have been amazing.
If I had a time machine (I KNOW! How come none of my big-brained chums have invented this yet!?), I'd zip back and spend a day with Lavinia and Fede. I wanna know what their days were like, what they dreamt of, how they managed in such a crazy-ass world. Life tips, I want TIPS!