50 Women. Artists in Front of the Female Soul


The history of painting can be told by choosing the background of political events or by considering the evolution of the various schools one into the other or by sequencing the lives of the most significant artists. But what happens if the subjects represented are chosen as stages of an inevitably secular path? And above all, if these subjects are women? The result is a story that weaves the evolution of painting with the transformations of family, of custom, of feeling of love. Above all: it suddenly lights up the dark area behind each painting, where for centuries they have been hidden, resulting invisible until now, those many great women who in silence have determined the lives of so many great men.

The book includes fifty chapters, one for each match between the woman and the painter who portrayed her. Each chapter tells the adventurous and fascinating stories of the woman and that of the artist, and includes a portrait of the woman and a small portrait of the painter, when it exists.

Chapters include: A Magnificent mother (Il Ghirlandaio and Lucrezia Tornabuoni); The Daughter with a Slit Throat (Matisse and Marguerite); The Most Beautiful of Florence (Botticelli and Simonetta Vespucci); A Prostitute on the Altar (Caravaggio and Lena ); The Crying Woman (Picasso and Dora Maar); The Reformation in the Bedroom (Lucas Cranach and Catharina von Bora, Luther’s wife) Moro’s Favorite (Leonardo and Cecilia Gallerani); A Bored Little Girl Balthus and Michelina; Fatal Woman (Gustav Klimt and Judith I); The Artist as Friend (Edouard Manet and Berthe Morisot); The Muse of All (Dali and Gala) and also Rembrandt and Saskia, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Elizabeth Eleanor Siddal, Man Ray and Kiki de Montparnasse, Hans Holbein and Elsbeth Schmidt, Albrecht Dürer and Agnes Frey, Egon Schiele and Edith Harms, Titian and Bella, Velázquez and the Infanta Margherita, Warhol and Marilyn Monroe, Renoir and Suzanne Valadon and more….

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