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X-Ray reveals self-portrait hidden under Artemisia Gentileschi painting

Artemisia Gentileschi’s 1619 “Saint Catherine of Alexandria” bears a strong resemblance to a similarly titled self-portrait by the artist from 1615-17 owned by London’s National Gallery. Both paintings display regal, dark-haired women clad in red, holding the saint’s signature broken torture wheel while holding a martyr’s palm close to their chest. One turbaned figure gives […]

Elisabeth-Louise Vigée Le Brun portrait triples the auction record for any female Old Master

Once overlooked, female old masters are now taking center stage with numerous high-profile and record-breaking sales paving the way. The latest of which is a 1788 work by Elisabeth-Louise Vigée Le Brun which sold for $7.18 million at Sotheby’s Old Masters sale last week and became the most expensive painting by a pre-modern era female […]

Victoria Beckham and Sotheby’s Team up to Celebrate Women Old Masters

In an effort to spice up the market for works by under-recognised women painters of the early modern period, Sotheby’s New York has called upon none other than the spice girl herself, Victoria Beckham. The fashion designer and former pop star recently travelled to New York to help highlight the significance of the 14 women […]