The Artist Birthday Series

Giorgio Vasari

Giorgio Vasari: painter, architect, writer Giorgio Vasari, (July 30, 1511 — June 27, 1574) was an Italian painter, architect, and writer who is most famous today for his Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects, considered the ideological foundation of art-historical writing. Vasari was born in Arezzo, Tuscany. Recommended at an early age by… Read More Giorgio Vasari

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Florence Foster Jenkins

Today’s Artist Birthday: Florence Foster Jenkins Florence Foster Jenkins (July 19, 1868 – November 26, 1944) was an American socialite and amateur operatic soprano who was known and ridiculed for her lack of rhythm, pitch, and tone, her aberrant pronunciation, and her generally poor singing ability. Nascina Florence Foster was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, the… Read More Florence Foster Jenkins

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Artemisia Gentileschi

Today’s Artist Birthday: Artemisia Gentileschi   Artemisia Gentileschi (July 8, 1593 – c. 1656) was an Italian Baroque painter, today considered one of the most accomplished painters in the generation following that of Caravaggio. She painted many pictures of strong and suffering women from myth and the Bible – victims, suicides, warriors. That she was a… Read More Artemisia Gentileschi

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Jacopo Pontormo

Today’s Artist Birthday: Jacopo Pontormo Jacopo Carucci (May 24, 1494 – January 2, 1557), usually known as Jacopo da Pontormo, Jacopo Pontormo or simply Pontormo, was an Italian Mannerist painter and portraitist from the Florentine School. His work represents a profound stylistic shift from the calm perspectival regularity that characterized the art of the Florentine… Read More Jacopo Pontormo