italian genre

Giovanni Boldini (1842-1931)
“Profile of a Young Woman”
Oil on panel

Boldini was an Italian painter who lived and worked in Paris for most of his career. According to a 1933 article in Time magazine, he was known as the “Master of Swish” because of his flowing style of painting.

Vittorio Matteo Corcos (1859-1933)
“Sogni” (1896)
Located in the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, Rome, Italy


Federico Andreotti (1847–1930 Italy)

Andreotti was an Italian Academic painter. He specialised in genre and portrait paintings of people in 18th Century dress, evoking a nostalgic sense of lost elegance that was particularly desirable to his patrons.

Artemisia Gentileschi (1593-1656)
“Self-portrait as the Allegory of Painting” (1639)
Oil on canvas
On display in the Cumberland Gallery in the Hampton Court Palace, Richmond upon Thames, Greater London, England

Gentileschi was an Italian Baroque painter, and one of the most accomplished painters in the generation following Caravaggio. In an era when women painters were not easily accepted by the artistic community or patrons, she was the first woman to become a member of the Accademia di Arte del Disegno in Florence, one of the oldest and one of the most prestigious art schools in the world.

Caravaggio (1571-1610)
“The Fortune Teller” (1595)
Oil on canvas
Located in the Musée du Louvre, Paris, France

The painting shows a foppishly-dressed boy (believed to be Caravaggio’s companion, the Sicilian painter Mario Minniti), having his palm read by a fortune teller. The boy looks pleased as he gazes into her face, and she returns his gaze. Close inspection of the painting reveals what the young man has failed to notice: the girl is removing his ring as she gently strokes his hand.