Angelica Kauffmann is one of the few female representatives of neoclassical painting. Of course, her very condition as a woman makes her scenes almost always sweeter and calmer than if the same subject is painted by a man. And an example is this cloth that she made in the year 1790 and which is owned by theHermitage Museum in St. Petersburg
Venus convinces Elena to go with Angelica Kauffmann's Paris
Here we see how Elena is going to be convinced by the goddess Venus to go with Paris to her hometown of Troy. While the approach of Paris is thanks to the fact that she goes hand in hand with little Cupid. In other words, everything is much calmer than in other paintings by male artists, it is that they emphasize that Elena was kidnapped, which caused the Trojan War.
The truth is that this feminization of art could somehow play against her in more than one moment. In fact, she was said to paint men as masculinized women.
Angelica Kauffmann was born in 1741, and her nationality is Swiss Austrian. She was quite a character, since although she came from a modest family she soon learned to paint thanks to her father. But not only that, she had an enormous talent and capacity for work that led her to study literature, speak several languages and enter the world of music.
she So she decided to travel the world, and came toEngland, where she was to become a renowned portrait painter and her work was highly regarded. In fact, she participated in the decoration of St. Paul's Cathedral in London and was good friends with the great painter Joshua Reynolds.
However, what she liked the most was painting pictures of history and mythology, but in that field she was not highly appreciated in England. That's why she went toItaly, where she was valued in this regard. There she came into contact with characters such as the archaeologistWinckelmannor the writerGoethe, and she portrayed both of them, while they praised her work
But she was not only praised by them, since she achieved considerable recognition in the transalpine country, where she would end up dying in 1807, and where she was buried receiving the highest honors of Italian art. In fact, among those who paid him a heartfelt tribute was the great sculptor Antonio Canova, the great master of Neoclassicism as well as mythological works such as Amor y Psyche or The Three Graces, as well as famous portraits such as that of Paulina Borghese.