Rewriting Art History: How Fede Galizia Brings Women Artists into Focus

New York | 30 January

This January, Sotheby’s celebrates trailblazing female artists from the 16th through the 19th century with The Female Triumphant, a group of exceptional works of art that will be offered in our Masters Week sales. In spite of extraordinary obstacles, talented artists such as Elisabeth-Louise Vigée Le Brun, Fede Galizia, and Elizabeth Gardner Bouguereau paved the way for future generations of artists everywhere. In this episode of Masterworks: Expert Voices, Courtney Kremers reintroduces Fede Galizia to the Art History narrative via her luminous still life A Glass Compote with Peaches. Complex layers of glazing create the incredibly soft skin of the peaches, which contrast with the cold solidity of the glass compote. Her careful modulations of light and shadow to convey the leaves on the apples and the ripeness of the peaches reflect her unique ability to bring flora and fauna to life. Explore this work and more in Sotheby’s Master Paintings Evening Sale. (30 January | New York)

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