Still Life I: Giovanna Garzoni (1600-1670)

INVITO in COMMUNITY ARTISTICA CULTURALE “IL NOSTRO IMMENSO PATRIMONIO ARTISTICO CULTURALE” Google+GIOVANNA GARZONI Pittrice.Miniaturista in Allegato : LA PITTURA DEL ‘600

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garzoni - cherries

Giovanna Garzoni, Cherries in a Dish, a Pod, and a Bumblebee, ca. 1642-51. gouache on parchment, 24.5 x 37.5 cm, Galleria Paletina, Florence.


The cherries on the trees were just beginning to turn pink, when I first thought it was time to turn to this blog again. Seemed like a productive thing to do while I recovered from knee surgery at home. In an earlier blog this year [18 January 2015] I mentioned the marvellous late Renaissance Italian painter, Giovanna Garzoni, who specialized in still life paintings and miniatures. She is almost unknown even though she has been the subject of a couple of exhibitions and one modest book. Still life painters rarely get included in the canon of great artists, let alone female artists who worked with still life. All the more reason to celebrate them here!

I begin with Giovanna Garzoni because she was one of the earliest…

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