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Renaissance Selfie

Kathleen Ford's avatar Kathleen Ford

I enjoy renaissance/medieval art and was inspired to create a self portrait . In the early Renaissance it was popular for the noble women to be painted with exotic creatures. Ermine, squirrels, small song birds and apparently cats. Bacchiacca created one such piece around 1525 Portrait of a Young Woman Holding a Cat.. Cats were still rare in 16th century Italian art and were often used to represent Sight. Leonardo da Vinci was a great admirer of the feline form, describing even the smallest cat as a "masterpiece". I incorporated my technique of watercolor collage, handmade paper & encaustic wax with the influence of the renaissance portrait to create a "selfie" of me with my cat Benny.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 3/4
  • Medium: Watercolor collage $ encastic wx on wood
  • Width: 30 inches
  • Year created: 2014
  • Height: 40 inches