Exhibition Envy--Painting and Drawing like a True Master: The Talent of Elisabetta Sirani

Painting and Drawing like a True Master:
The Talent of Elisabetta Sirani

Florence, Italy
March 6-June 10, 2018

Before I get to the overview from the exhibition's website, I must say that I am deeply jealous of anyone who gets to see this show. If this means you, let us all know, so we can eat our hearts out.
An exhibition celebrating the extraordinary talent of the 17th century bolognese painter Elisabetta Sirani who, thanks also to a prodigious rapidity of execution, made a great name for herself both for the ease with which she worked, as well as the sureness of touch which is as evident in her sketches and incisions as it is in her canvases.

Thirty Four works
 sourced from both public and private collections all over Italy, as well as the Self Portrait as an Allegory of Painting, from the Pushkin Museum in Moscow, which are now on display in the Sala Edoardo Detti and in the Sala del Camino, on the first floor of the Galleria degli Uffizi until June 10th.

The Director of the Gallerie degli Uffizi, Eike Schmidt has pointed out that what “is striking in her paintings is the rather noble, even heroic quality of the female figures: Virtuous figures who appear to be warriors  (like those painted for cardinal Leopoldo de’ Medici in 1664), saints, virgins, mothers and Madonnas, all of which are distinguished by an intrinsic nobility, and which display an uncompromising gravitas.”


Photo: Portia Wounding Her Thigh by Elisabetta Sirani, Sotheby's


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