Gentileschi & Velazquez: Status in the Art World

Both Artemesia Gentileschi’s Self-portrait as the Allegory of Painting and Diego Velazquez’s Las Meninas send a message to the viewer about their role as a painter in society.[i] [ii] For each of them, it’s clear they wanted to portray their respective status and that they were talented and well-connected.[iii] [iv] For example, in Gentileschi’s self-portrait,Continue reading “Gentileschi & Velazquez: Status in the Art World”

Formal Analysis: Picasso’s “The Old Guitarist”

Pablo Picasso’s The Old Guitarist is oil on panel, and about 48 inches by 32 inches. It was painted between 1903 and 1904 when Picasso was 22 years old. Picasso painted this during the Blue Period of his life. The painting is of an old, fatigued man playing the guitar. The painting is mainly madeContinue reading “Formal Analysis: Picasso’s “The Old Guitarist””