March 15, 2009

500 Years of Female Portraits

“500 Years of Female Portraits in Western Art”—nominated as Most Creative Video at the 2nd Annual YouTube Awards—is an awesome video, submitted by Philip Scott Johnson on April 22, 2007, but I discovered it only now (thanks to my wonderful friend Sandra), and I am more than glad to share it with my readers.

Be prepared to have an amazing viewing experience and to enjoy La Scapigliata (The Lady of the Dishevelled Hair) and the Madonna of the Carnation by Leonardo da Vinci, the Lady with a Unicorn by Raphael, the Birth of Venus by Botticelli, the Portrait of a Young Woman by Tiziano and that of a Young Venetian Woman or Red-haired Woman from Venice by Albrecht Dürer, and many other masterpieces (by Reynolds, Rubens, El Greco, Renoir, Modigliani, Picasso …  see here for a complete list of artists and paintings).

Sound track: J.S. Bach’s Sarabande from Suite for Solo Cello No. 1, BWV 1007 In G Major performed by Yo-Yo Ma.


  1. That was enchanting!

  2. How beautiful! Thanks for pointing it out.

  3. what a love affair the west has had with the female face!

  4. Rob, I've been trying to find this for God knows how long! I never got around to doing it, but it's been on my mind since I first viewed it months ago on facebook... and voilà here it is again.
    With your permission, I'd like to post it to my blog next week. I'd link back to your blog post, of course, mentioning you as the "source." Che ne dici?
    Grazie e complimenti x il blog, è ricco di varie e vaste informazioni.

  5. Lola, not only do you have my permission, but also my encouragement!

    Thank you for your kind words. Ciao!

  6. Really outstanding. I came here through Lola's blog. Ciao and thank you.