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The Death of Cleopatra by Edmonia Lewis at the Smithsonian American Art Museum

The Death of Cleopatra

The Death of Cleopatra, by Edmonia Lewis Edmonia Lewis (1844-1907) was an African-American and Native American sculptor during the period of the American Civil War. She faced strong and painful prejudices that endangered her life. Yet despite this she became one of the most celebrated neoclassical sculptors of her time. The aspects of her identity …

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Young Girls by Amrita Sher-Gil in the National Gallery of Modern Art New Delhi

Young Girls

Young Girls, by Amrita Sher-Gil ‘Young Girls’ is an oil on canvas painting, created by Hungarian-Indian artist Amrita Sher-Gil (1913-1941), in 1932. It depicts her sister and friend; two very different women. Their personalities contrast and are told through their clothing choices, hair-styles, and differing postures. The background transitioning seems to reinforce this even more. …

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Three Girls by Amrita Sher-Gil at the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi

Three Girls

Three Girls, by Amrita Sher-Gil The 1935 painting ‘Three Girls‘ is oil on canvas, painted by Hungarian-Indian artist Amrita Sher-Gil (1913-1941). The work depicts three young women, on the cusp of marriageable age. This year marked an important period in Sher-Gil’s life. She had returned to India after feeling a strong and urgent need, like …

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Mariana by Sir John Everett Millais in the Tate collection

Mariana

Mariana, by Sir John Everett Millais This work, created in 1851, was painted by Sir John Everett Millais (1829-1896) depicts the sorrowful Mariana, as told in Shakespeare’s ‘Measure for Measure,’ and Lord Alfred Tennyson’s poem of the same name. In these sources, it tells the feelings of isolation and despair which she suffers after being …

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Portrait of Mrs. Benjamin Pickman by John Singleton Copley at the Yale University Art Gallery

Portrait of Mrs. Benjamin Pickman

Portrait of Mrs. Benjamin Pickman, by John Singleton Copley Welcome to Artistic Insight’s ‘Who Wore it Best?’ art history version! At first glance you might assume these are all the same women, posing for different portraits. However, it is three women painted in the same dress by the same American portrait artist. This particular painting …

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Portrait of Mrs. Daniel Sargent by John Singleton Copley in the de Young collection

Portrait of Mrs. Daniel Sargent

Portrait of Mrs. Daniel Sargent, by John Singleton Copley Welcome to Artistic Insight’s ‘Who Wore it Best?’ art history version! At first glance you might assume these are all the same women, posing for different portraits. However, it is three women painted in the same dress by the same American portrait artist. This particular painting …

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Portrait of Mrs. James Warren by John Singleton Copley at the Museum of Fine Art Boston

Portrait of Mrs. James Warren

Portrait of Mrs. James Warren, by John Singleton Copley Welcome to Artistic Insight’s ‘Who Wore it Best?’ art history version! At first glance you might assume these are all the same women, posing for different portraits. However, it is three women painted in the same dress by the same American portrait artist. This particular painting …

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The Roses of Heliogabalus

The Roses of Heliogabalus, by Lawrence Alma-Tadema This beautiful 19th century work, ‘The Roses of Heliogabalus,’ was painted in 1888 by Dutch artist Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1836-1912). The painting depicts a banquet held by the eccentric Roman emperor Elagabalus (Heliogabalus). A scene of death, actually… This story comes from the ‘Augustan History,’ in which Elagabalus smothers his …

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The Women of Amphissa by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema at The Clark

Women of Amphissa

Women of Amphissa, by Lawrence Alma-Tadema In the ‘Women of Amphissa’ the Dutch artist Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1836-1912) depicts a scene from a story told by 1st century CE essayist Plutarch. The work is oil on canvas, painted in 1887. The artist was no stranger to painting beautiful scenes of classical tales. The Ancient Story The …

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