|Who painted this? #48|
Back to the whole picture thus week as you struggled with last week's challenge.
You need to tell me - as a comment on this blog - who painted this PLUS all the other things I want to know (see link to rules below).
ALSO Tell me also what you can find out about this artist and/or artwork.
The winner will be the person with the BEST answer rather than the first to respond - so you don't have to rush and have got time to do some research.
For those who've not risen to the challenge before please take a minute to read the rules - click the link/see below. The questions which need answering don't stop at "Who painted this?"
How to participate in "Who painted this? #47"
PLEASE make sure you read the rules before posting a comment - and ONLY POST ON THIS BLOG what you think is the answer.
READ THE RULES for participating in this challenge (this saves having to copy them out for each post!).
- use your brains not software to find the answer
- search using words only on a database of images
- leave your answer as a comment on this blog
- if correct it will not be published until the next post - which provides the answer
- if wrong it will be published
- do not leave the answer on Facebook!
Who Painted This #47 - The Answer
|Lucia, Minerva and Europa Anguissola Playing Chess by Sofonisba Anguissola|
|Last week's challenge|
- Title of the artwork: Lucia, Minerva and Europa Anguissola Playing Chess aka The Chess Game aka Portrait of the Artist's Sisters Playing Chess
- Name of the artist who created this artwork: Sofonisba Anguissola (1532 - 1625)
- Date it was created: 1555 (Late Renaissance)
- Media used: oil on canvas, 72 × 97 cm (28.3 × 38.2 in)
- Where it lives now: Gallery of European Art, The National Museum, Poznań
“But Sofonisba of Cremona, the daughter of Amilcare Anguissola, has worked with deeper study and greater grace than any woman of our times at problems of design, for not only has she learned to draw, paint, and copy from nature, and reproduce most skillfully works by other artists, but she has on her own painted some most rare and beautiful paintings.”What's interesting about this painting is:
- it's about four sisters - no men in sight!
- The fourth sister is the artist! Sofonisba Anguissola was one of the very first female artists we know about and one of the first to establish an international reputation. She was considered the best female painter of her time by Vasari.
- The sisters in the painting are not doing activities normally associated with girls and women - instead they're playing chess!
- It has a very relaxed feel to it - possibly because the subjects were so well known to the artist?
- You don't just get very fine portraiture and superb painting of clothing, there's also a fully worked up landscape in miniature in the background!
That women could be intellectually accomplished and highly rational, even strategic, are the complementary themes of a family portrait showing Anguissola's three sisters playing chess. In this painting, which Vasari saw hanging in the artist's family home in Cremona in 1566, the chivalric game of chess takes place in an idealized landscape familiar in late medieval courtly images of the game and not in a tavern or other questionable locale seen in other contemporary representations of gaming. On the far left Lucia looks out at the viewer, dominating our gaze as her arm and obvious expertise dominate the chess board. She has removed two of Minerva's pieces from the game and the younger sister opens her mouth and raises her hand as if to speak. Their youngest companion, Europa, smiles gleefully at the match, carefully observed by an old maid servant at the far right.Here are some more links to information about her
The three Anguissola women are members of a natural nobility capable of entertaining themselves, their status emphasized by the rich surface detail on their brocaded clothes and the fine Turkish carpet set over their table.Web Gallery of Art - Portrait of the Artist's Sisters Playing Chess
- Wikipedia - Sofonisba Anguissola
- Mansfield University of Pennsylvania - Sofonisba Anguissola the "Miracolo di Natura"
- Encyclopaedia Britannica - Sofonisba Anguissola
- New World Encyclopaedia - Sofonisba Anguissola
- Web Gallery of Art - paintings by Sofonisba Anguissola
- Wikimedia -
- paintings by SofonisbaAnguissola
- self portraits of Sofonisba Anguissola In her lifetime, she painted more self-portraits than any other artist between Durer and Rembrandt.
- artcyclopedia.com - Museums and Galleries with artwork by Sofonisba Anguissola
Who guessed correct?
Who painted this #47? - Last week I changed the rules to put the emphasis on the best answer.
Hence although John O'Grady got the first complete answer, he's not the winner this week.
This week the winner is yet again Bernadette O'Madden since my challenge last week was also to provide the best answer in terms of telling me more about the artist.
However I also very much liked Ashley's answer as she also told us more about the painting - hence the change of rules again this week. In future the best answer will be the one which provides the most informative answer about the artist and/or artwork.
It does however seem as if this last challenge has most of you stumped! I have a feeling a number will go "I knew that!" once they see the painting above!