Why are so many beautiful women preserved in art on canvas? There may be a lot of reasons for their portraits, but most viewers will agree that such performances are captivating in the appeal of the subject, as well as in the story behind the painting and her life. Edgar Allan Poe wrote there was no such a tragic subject to write as the death of beautiful and interesting women.
The famous women paintings reviewed here reflect those that society might overlook for their tiny lives, or in the case of celebrities, omit their obvious features. Therefore, because of their potential to be ignored in art, they deserve a second look. When you consider famous paintings of women during earlier times, some fascinating portraits come to mind.
Whistler’s Mother (1871)
Whistler’s Mother was painted as oil on canvas by American artist James McNeill Whistler. It was firstly titled arrangement in Gray and Black: The Artist’s Mother. Currently, the Musee d’Orsay in Paris owns the art-painting, while it has traveled briefly in the USA in past years. Some unverifiable legends attend painting. One is that the subject of the original portrait did not arrive on time, thus the artist’s mother took her place. Another is that Mrs. Whistler first had to represent the portrait, but tired, she sat for the rest of her painting.
The Mona Lisa (1502)
The Mona Lisa is a great example of the style and influence of Da Vinci’s art. In 1516, Leonardo Da Vinci took the painting from Italy to France when he served the French king, Francois I. The king bought the painting and also kept it in Fountainbleu until it was later transferred by King Louis XIV.
The family portrait of an unknown woman “Madonna Lisa” or “Monna Lisa” with a touch of the smile can be that of a Florentine or a courtesan woman. Other mysteries surrounding the portrait are the two columns on each side of the woman, which are believed to have been later additions of the copyists, with scenes of unparalleled landscapes on both sides of the subject, in the background.
The Creation of Eve (1508-1512)
The Creation of Eve is part of the wonderful masterpiece of Michelangelo Buonarotti, the fresco on the Sistine Chapel of the Vatican in Rome. Commissioned by Pope Paul III, the finished ceiling was greedily defended by the Pope, while society, in general, declared it scandalous, because of naked figures in unbiblical poses. The successor of the Pope ordered that the figures be covered preferably, or that private parts of the body be covered. The Sistine Chapel remains a Renaissance mock-up of biblical art that continues to inspire viewers now.
The birth of Venus (circa 1483)
The birth of Venus is the representation of Sandro Botticelli of the Greco-Roman goddess Venus who comes alive in a shell dragged to the shore by the gentle breeze, personified as zephyrs. It is believed that the model for the portrait is Simonetta Cattaneo Vespucci, a beloved lover of Giuliano di Piero de Medici. Botticelli loved Simonetta also, who served as a model for some of his paintings.
Girl in a Chemise (circa 1905)
Girl in a Chemise by Pablo Picasso, later celebrated by Cubism and abstract modern art, represents one of his favorite themes, that of the people of the street or the marginalized of society. This well-known portrait shows a thin young woman who looks fragile and possibly sick. Her chemise barely covers the body of the girl, despite her slim and unhealthy appearance, the artist describes her as desirable.
The above portraits of fascinating women, famous and dark, remind us of the mysterious nature of femininity and how difficult it can be for artists to completely understand it by capturing their themes in art-painting. Those conversed above did a wonderful job of recreating the women of their times so we always have them with us. However, we remain a little insecure about specific nuances, gestures or objects in these classic portraits that display us so much and yet reveal so little. See more: https://www.artsheaven.com/famous-classic-paintings-of-women/.