Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Madonnas attributed to Italian Barbara Longhi 1552–1638

Barbara Longhi (Italian painter, 1552–1638) was born in Ravenna, Italy, the daughter of mannerist painter Luca Longhi. She learned from her father & worked in Ravenna all her life. Although considered a minor painter, Vasari mentioned her "purity of line and soft brilliance of color."


Attributed to Barbara Longhi (Italian painter, 1552–1638) Madonna and Child c 1600


Attributed to Barbara Longhi (Italian painter, 1552–1638) Madonna e o Menino 1596

Attributed to Barbara Longhi (Italian painter, 1552–1638) Madonna and Child c 1580


Attributed to Barbara Longhi (Italian painter, 1552–1638) Madonna and Child


Attributed to Barbara Longhi (Italian painter, 1552–1638) Holy Family


Attributed to Barbara Longhi (Italian painter, 1552–1638) Madonna Enthroned


Attributed to Barbara Longhi (Italian painter, 1552–1638) Assumed to be a Self-Portrait as St Catherine of Alexandria 1589

In this blog, I try to begin each day with a painting of the Madonna & Child. It centers me; connects me to the past; & encourages me to post some of the religious paintings which were a large part of the core of early Western art.  In the 4C, as the Christian population was rapidly growing & was now supported by the state, Christian art evolved & became grander to suit new, enlarged public spaces & the changing contemporary tastes of elite private clients.

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