Ariadne Abandoned by Theseus by Angelica Kauffman

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Who was Maria Anna Angelika Kauffman?

A Swiss Neoclassical painter, Maria Anna Angelika Kauffman (born October 30, 1741, died November 5, 1807) known in England as Angelica Kauffman had a successful career as a painter in London and Rome during the 18th century as a historical painter. 

Angelica Kauffmann Famous Paintings

Self-portrait of the Artist hesitating between the Arts of Music and Painting by Angelica Kauffmann

Self-portrait of the Artist hesitating between the Arts of Music and Painting

Self-portrait of the Artist hesitating between the Arts of Music and Painting

A self-interpretation of Angelica Kauffman's emotion. When she was torn between two conflicting feelings of what career path she would pursue. During her youth, she was made to choose between music and art. After consulting a priest on what she should pursue, the priest advised her to pursue being a painter. Even though Angelica was a bit biased toward the visual arts in the beginning and she decided could pursue a career in music later on in her life, if she didn't like painting.

The painting's allegory made the writer Friedrich Von Matthisson compare her masterpiece with Hercules at the Crossroads Between Virtue and Vice painted by Annibale Carraci (1765).

During those times a male subject was more highly favored than having a feminine subject. Her self-portrait was described by Professor Waltraud Maierhofer as "unprecedented in the history of art".

Rinaldo and Armida

Rinaldo and Armida Painting

The story behind this painting is that Rinaldo was secretly pursued by Armida who intended to murder him with a dagger. Rinaldo rested near the "ford of the Orontes" and took off his helmet. He noticed Armida swimming and went to see her and discovered that she was naked. She sang to him and lured him into a deep sleep so that she can stab him with a dagger.

When Armida was about to stab Rinaldo she had a change of heart because she was actually in love with him. Rather than killing him, she further enchanted him, then abducted him and put him on a chariot and took him to an island where Rinaldo fell in love with her and he forgot about the crusade.

Ariadne Abandoned by Theseus

Ariadne Abandoned by Theseus Painting

This painting depicts the mythological of Ariadne the daughter of the King of Crete. She fell in love with Theseus, using a ball of wool she helped him escape from the Labyrinth of the Minotaur. Theseus promised to marry her but he returned to Athens instead. In the painting, Ariadne wakes up only to realize that Theseus had betrayed her.

The setting of the painting tells us that Ariadne is seating on a rocky shore while looking at the open sea looking desperately at Theseus ship disappearing in the distance. She is depicted to be wearing a white chemise covered with a green cape. Her legs are covered by a red cloth. Her hair is braided tied firmly. Her breasts are slightly exposed while both of her hands are raised up to express her sorrow.

Angelica Kauffman's artistic presentation showed a hopeless moment of the myth. The desperation that Ariadne felt and realizing that nobody can relieve her of the feeling of being abandoned. Angelica Kauffman's artistic depiction of Ariadne's strong emotions of being betrayed gained international recognition and continues to baffle onlookers for generations.

Telemachus and the Nymphs of Calypso

Telemachus and the Nymphs of Calypso Painting

The first of two paintings for Monsignor Onorato Caetani. The scene in the painting was depicted from the French Novel The Adventures of Telemachus published by Francois Fenelon in 1699.

The composition shows the arrival of Telemachus on Calypso's island. The nymphs welcome them with fruit, flowers, and wine. Athena is disguised as the old man, The Mentor. The second painting was The Sorrow of Telemachus was a continuation of Telemachu's adventures on Calypso's island.

The Sorrow of Telemachus

The Sorrow of Telemachus Painting by Angelica Kauffman

The painting was painted as a second installment for Monsignor Onorato Caetani it depicts a scene from the novel The Adventure of Telemachus.

The painting reveals Telemachu's adventures after he was shipwrecked and was washed up on the island of Ogygia. On the scene, they were surrounded by nymphs. Calypso stopped the nymphs from singing about Ulysses whom Telemachus has not seen for several years. Telemachus was seen as being sorrowful because he was reminded of his father's absence.

Self Portrait Aged Thirteen

Self Portrait Aged Thirteen Painting by Angelica Kauffman

At the tender age of thirteen, Angelica Kauffman showed the world how talented she was. At that time she was considering a career in music.

Nevertheless, she proudly showcased her artistic skills and paved her way. During this time Angelica Kauffman was already well versed in the history of arts and visited frequently art galleries. She was heavily influenced by her father who was during that time an accomplished artist.

Portrait of a Lady

Portrait of a Lady Painting by Angelica Kauffman

Caspar David Friedrich Paintings
Caspar David Friedrich Paintings

It's debated if the lady in the portrait was the historian Catherine Macaulay or the writer Elizabeth Montagu. Who were both female intellectuals of their era. In the painting, the lady was painted holding a book and a writing instrument that subtlety tells the observer that Angelica Kauffman valued and supported women's education.

Kauffman depicts The Lady with confidence along with the statue of the Roman goddess of wisdom, Minerva next to her.

Laura Pulteney, 1st Countess of Bath

Laura Pulteney, 1st Countess of Bath

In this artwork, Kauffman painted a picture of a young girl who is about 11 years old. Angelica Kauffman showcases her subject's emotions and captures the still moments. Her versatility in portraying the movement and close facial expression of Laura Pulteney is marvelous.

The graceful act exhibited by the Countess, coupled with varying degrees of hues and lights provides a very intense natural background. The more you observe the painting, the more the painting comes to life.

Angelica Kauffman had much in common with Henrietta Pulteney. S
he could relate to Pulteney upbringing as she had enjoyed unrestricted education by her supportive parents.

Zeuxis Selecting Models for Helen of Troy

Zeuxis Selecting Models for Helen of Troy

The painting depicts the artist Zeuxis who is selecting models for his masterpiece artwork: Helen of Troy. She is said to be one of the most beautiful and iconic figures in Greek mythology.

Zeuxis is carefully studying the physical features of the models. The fifth model in the painting is thought to portray Kauffman as they have very similar physical features. 

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