Symbolism in Art

Symbolism in Art

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In 1993 Christina Beckenäs founded The Academy of Symbolism in Art. Read more: As a symbolist Christina believe that art apprehends more absolute truths which could only be accessed indirectly. Thus, the painted and sculptured scenes from nature, human activities, and all other real world phenomena in a highly metaphorical and suggestive manner. The paintings and sculptures provide particular images or objects with esoteric attractions.On this blog you can read about Christina and other artists´works of art, interesting ideas and cultural events. Pax Profundis! Pax Cultura!

Sibylla Maria Merian

FEMALE ARTISTSPosted by Christina Beckenäs Sat, April 28, 2012 14:31:16
Sibylla Maria Merian (1647 - 1717)


The Art Needlepoint

"Marie Sibille Merian (1647-1717) was a remarkable woman, passionately interested in insects and their transformations.She was a fine painter and superb naturalist, one of the first woman scientists we know of. Her observations of insects and their relationships with plants revolutionized botany and zoology. Metamorphosis of a Frog is a beautiful piece to work in a variety of stitches or combination of threads. Measures 11" x 16" on 14 mesh mono deluxe needlepoint canvas. We are happy to select and add appropriate wool, pearle cotton or silk threads to help complete. "

The J. Paul Getty Museum

"Maria Sibylla Merian was born in 1647 in Frankfurt, Germany, into a middle-class family of publishers and artists. Her father, Matthäus Merian the Elder, published some of the most influential natural history texts of the 1600s.

Merian's stepfather, Jakob Marrel, had been trained by the artist and art dealer Georg Flegel (see image above). He introduced the young Merian to the art of miniature flower painting against her mother's will. Merian learned how to draw, mix paints, paint in watercolor, and make prints alongside Marrel's male pupils.

Merian's interest in insects was stimulated by the practice of silkworm breeding that was introduced by Frankfurt's silk trade. She began to observe caterpillars, moths, and butterflies, and by the age of 13 she had already observed the metamorphosis of a silkworm—a discovery that pre-dated published accounts by almost ten years....

... In 1699, after selling most of her belongings, she set sail for the Dutch colony of Suriname with her younger daughter, Dorothea Maria. Maria Sibylla was 52, Dorothea Maria 21.

The jungles of South America were teeming with live specimens, which Merian studied for her most important publication, The Metamorphosis of the Insects of Suriname (known as The Insects of Suriname). Merian's experiences in the city of Paramaribo are expressed in her accounts of vibrant butterflies, voracious caterpillars and ants, exotic fruits and vegetables, menacing reptiles, and treacherous explorations into the jungle. Her observations about the local climate, the use of plants and animals, and the Dutch colonists' treatment of slaves provide some of the earliest accounts of life in Suriname."

Chrysalis: Maria Sibylla Merian and the Secrets of Metamorphosis [Hardcover]

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Judith Leyster

FEMALE ARTISTSPosted by Christina Beckenäs Tue, February 21, 2012 21:58:11
Judith Jans Leyster (also Leijster) (1609 – 1660)

Judith Leyster, Boy Playing a Flute, c. 1635. Oil on canvas. Nationalmuseum, Stockholm

"Judith Leyster was the daughter of a Flemish brewer who took his surname from its brewery in Harlem, "Ley-ster (re)" (beacon). Signed his works with the letters J and L of the ligature, and a star. Probably a pupil of Frans Hals. Member of St. Luke Guild in 1633, started the year after her own studio. 1636 she married colleague Jan Miense Molenaar (1609-1668). .." Nationalmuseum Stockholm
"Signed his works with the letters J and L "???... I, Christina, think it should be her instead of his.

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(" She largely gave up painting after her marriage, which produced five children.").

The Proposition 1631
Oil on panel, 31 x 24 cm
Mauritshuis, The Hague
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Artemisia Gentileschi

FEMALE ARTISTSPosted by Christina Beckenäs Fri, February 17, 2012 07:33:39
Artemisia Gentileschi (1593–1652 or 1653)
"was an Italian Baroque painter, today considered one of the most accomplished painters in the generation after Caravaggio. In an era when women painters were not easily accepted by the artistic community or patrons, she was the first female painter to become a member of the Accademia di Arte del Disegno in Florence." /Wikipedia

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The Life and Art of Artemisia Gentileschi

Biblical art by Artemisia Gentileschi

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