Thursday, October 6, 2011

2011-2012 Challenges. Number 3

Allegory of painting (1638-39)

This week´s challenge will discover you some personal features of some Baroque artists: 

One of the most important Baroque artists had a very quarrelsome beahaviour. He was involved in a murder and he had to leave his place of residence and take refuge in a different city to avoid being arrested. Who was this artist?


Another Baroque artist tried to become a member of nobility for many years. Finally, he reached his goal and reflected this change in his estate modifying one of his most famous paintings, where he had made a self- portrait. Who was this artist? What painting did he modify? What did he add to this painting?


Another Baroque artist spoke different languages, worked as an ambassador and a diplomat. He participated in several diplomatic missions and he didn´t have enough time to finish all the commissions he had. Who was this artist? How did he manage to paint all the commissioned paintings?


A Baroque painter painted more than 90 self-portraits (including paintings, engravings and drawings) throughout his life. These self-portraits are a sort of a painted journal of his evolution as  a painter and as man. Who was his painter?


The last question refers to a female Baroque painter. She was the first woman  to join the Design Academy of Florence and she was one of the most recognized Baroque artists in Italy. Who was this woman?

P.S: I´ll add the source of the image after the resolution of this challenge. This image is related to one of the questions. 


Javier Alberca said...

Question 1: This painter was Caravaggio, an Italian painter.

Question 2: I'm not sure, I think that he is Rubens, modifying his painting "La Adoración de los Magos". He added himself on a horse.

Question 5: She was Artemisia Gentileschi.

I haven't found the rest of the questions, so if I find them I'll write them.


Paqui Pérez Fons said...

Hello Javi,

Thanks for trying. You´ve guessed questions one and five. The other answers are the following:

Question 2: the painter was Velázquez. He painted a cross of the Order of Santiago on his self-portrait in "The Meninas" when he became a member of this order.

Question 3: Rubens worked as an ambassador and diplomat. He didn´t have time to paint all the paintings experts attribute him. He had something like an assembly line in his workshop and he retouched or finished many of the paintings his disciples and apprentices painted. He also subcontracted other painters to paint some specific things, such as still-lives or animals. He was very busy!

Question 4: Rembrandt made more than 90 self-portraits. We can see his evolution along many years. Here you have some of them:

Good night.