I liked the horses. I really did. They did seem like art to me. Driftwood art at first, but still fascinating. That was before I knew they were bronze. Deborah Butterfield is an artist, who if I were to guess, loves horses.
I wouldn't have known they weren't wooden if I hadn't been told. I looked closer, and could hardly believe what I saw.
The artist assembles the horses out of tree limbs, then takes the horses apart and casts the wood in bronze and reassembles.
In the latter half of 1500, Lavinia Fontana stepped onto the art scene in Italy.
At an early age, Lavinia Fontana's father taught her to paint. She married another art student of her father's, and then had 11 children and eventually became a caregiver for her elderly mother....
Meanwhile, her husband worked alongside her in a supportive capacity so she could continue her art. Many of the elite of her day, recognized her skill. Pope Gregory XIII became her patron. A portrait medal was made of her before her death, and it shows a woman sitting at her easel, and her hair is gloriously unkempt.
Lavinia Fontana was born in the mid-1500's and left behind a legacy of her work, and because of the portraits she painted of others, we have a more authentic record of the past. I suspect there have been many women throughout history who made great strides in their life while not placing a large priority on hair styling.
Metal Image to view the hair:
Her portraits are also worthy of view if you do a search of Lavinia.
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