Spotlight / Charpentier’s Melancholy

Constance Marie Charpentier, Melancholy, 1801, oil on canvas, 130 x 165cm, Musée de Picardie, Amiens, France. The above shows the best-known painting of nineteenth-century French artist Constance Marie Charpentier. Her work resonates inspiration from the Neo-Classical movement, popular amid French painters of the time. Charpentier was considered one of the finest portrait painters of the …

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Artist in Focus / Mary Delany

I recently came across an article written in celebration of last year’s Women’s History Month. Don’t get me wrong, the fact that the entire month of March is dedicated to the history of remarkable women is a very good thing, but it somehow feels like a backhanded compliment. "Fear not women everywhere, you get one …

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