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Portrait of the Artist at the Queen’s Gallery Buckingham Palace

Self-portrait of Artemisia Gentileschi

Portrait of the Artist – Another sumptuous exhibition at the Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace. On until April 17th 2017.

Disappointing, to see so few women painters but delighted that this self-portrait of Artemisia Gentileschi (1593-1652) was chosen for the poster. A tough woman who overcame rape and forced marriages to become as great a painter as her father.



Love this jokey picture by Sir Edwin Landseer (1803-1873) entitled The Connoisseurs: Portrait of the Artist with Two Dogs – th one on the right thought to be his own collie, Lassie, and the dog on the left is Myrtle, owned by a patron. The idea being that dogs can recognise fine art as competently as humans.

Judith with the head of Holofernes
Judith with the head of Holofernes


Surprisingly young and pretty Judith in this painting Judith with the Head of Christofano Allori (1577-1621). Her face is modelled on Allori’s ex-lover ‘La Mazzarirra.’

Not sure I’d want to paint my self-portrait as the decapitated Holofernes!!

An interesting comparison with Caravaggio’s ‘Judith Slaying Holofernes’ painted around the same time.