Autoportrait Day 77~ Giovanna Garzoni

A random survey of self-portraits created by women through the centuries

Italian Baroque painter Giovanna Garzoni (1600-1670)

1. Self-portrait as Apollo, c.1618-20 / Tempera on parchment, laid down on linen / Palazzo del Quirinale, Rome, IT

2. Self-Portrait, c.1650 / Pastel and charcoal on paper / Harvard University’s Dumbarton Oaks Research Library, DC

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Born October 24~ Marianne North

Marianne North (October 24, 1830-August 30, 1890) was an English botanical artist, writer, and world traveler who visited 15 countries in 14 years.
Biography on Wikipedia:

Honeyflowers and Honeysuckers, South Africa by Marianne North
c.1882 / Oil on board / 20″x13-3/4″ / Marianne North Gallery, Kew Gardens, London, UK

Marianne North on Art UK:

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Born September 27~ Mary Grierson

Mary Anderson Grierson (September 27, 1912-January 30, 2012) was a Welsh-born Scottish illustrator and longtime staff artist at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
Biography on Wikipedia:

Epigeneium Coelogyne by Mary Grierson
ND / Watercolor on paper / 15-3/4″x11-2/5″ / Shirley Sherwood Gallery at Kew, London, UK

Mary Grierson on Artnet:

Further reading:

Born February 6~ Elfriede Abbe

Elfriede Martha Abbe (1919–2012) was an American sculptor, wood engraver, and botanical illustrator.
Biography on Wikipedia:

The Hunter by Elfriede Abbe
c.1935 / Sculpture for the 1939 World’s Fair in NYC,
located in the Production and Distribution Zone at Perylon Hall

Elfriede Abbe at Tompkins County Public Library, Ithaca, NY

Further reading:

Root Vegetables and Exotic Fruits Month~ December 25

Durian (Durio Zibethinus L.) Chromolithograph by
P. Depannemaeker after Berthe Hoola van Nooten

c.1880 / From the book Fleurs, Fruits et Feuillages Choisis de L’Ile de Java by Berthe Hoola van Nooten
Published by C. Muquardt, Brussels / Various collections, including Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO

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Women’s History Month in Visual Arts~ March 11

Foliage, Flowers, and Fruit of a Queensland Tree and Black Cockatoo
by Marianne North

Early 1880s / Oil on board / 20”x14” / Marianne North Gallery, Kew Gardens, London, UK

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See also: March 11~ Women’s History Month in visual arts