In Artemisia Gentileschi, we see the female gaze

by Rashmee

Posted on September 29, 2020


Take a good long look at the painting. It’s probably one the earliest portrayals in the western world of sexual predation. And it’s painted by a woman – Artemisia Gentileschi, who was born in Rome in 1593. Artemisia’s view of the emotions experienced by Susanna, a virtuous, beautiful young woman whose story is related in … Continue reading “In Artemisia Gentileschi, we see the female gaze”

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Why 16th century Dutch still life painters were partial to a peeled lemon

by Rashmee

Posted on October 8, 2018


The lemon – half-peeled, glistening, “curling spirals of golden light” – caught our attention rightaway. Pieter Claesz’s massive 17th century banquet painting ‘Still Life with Peacock Pie’ featured a lemon. As did the Willem Kalf next to it. Painting after painting by Dutch still life artists of the 16th and 17th centuries featured a half-peeled … Continue reading “Why 16th century Dutch still life painters were partial to a peeled lemon”

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Rembrandt’s Night Watch was like 1642 version of Facebook tagging

by Rashmee

Posted on December 9, 2013


It was back in April that the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam celebrated the return of Rembrandt’s ‘The Night Watch’ with a remarkable recreation of the painting in a shopping mall in the southern Dutch city of Breda. (Watch it here.) I remember reading about it at the time but just recently stumbled across the video again. … Continue reading “Rembrandt’s Night Watch was like 1642 version of Facebook tagging”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK