Hidden Gems Edition X

Refreshed every Friday at midday, Hidden Gems is a carefully curated selection of original art and world art news. This week, as New York's Frick Collection adds its first Renaissance portrait of a woman to its collection, we're looking at female portraiture. The Frick is renowned for its collection of Old Master paintings; at last it has added a Renaissance mistress to its masterpieces!

Read on to find out more about the museum's new piece, and to shop from our collection of portraits of women, ranging from movie stars and models, to pop stars and princesses.


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Emma Leone Palmer, Selene Eneles Diptych, £12,500, original oil painting

Featured art: Selene - Eneles Diptych by Emma-Leone Palmer. Original oil painting, £12,500.


The Frick's first Renaissance lady

In 2019, the Frick Collection in New York ran an exhibition entitled 'Moroni: The Riches of Renaissance Portraiture', featuring the work of late Renaissance artist Giovanni Moroni. Moroni is best-known for his exquisitely-detailed portraits of nobles and professionals. In the exhibition was a piece simply titled 'Portrait of a Woman', thought to have been painted around 1575, and it has now been donated to the museum by one of its board members.

"We had the pleasure of getting to know this compelling portrait very well in 2019,” said museum director Ian Wardropper. “At that time, the portrait was considered one of the finest by Moroni in private hands. We are thrilled to now include it in our permanent collection.” The woman's identity is not known, but judging by her elaborate brocade bodice, jewels and ruff, we can guess that she could be a noblewoman. It is only one of 15 portraits of a woman on her own painted by Moroni, from an existing catalogue of 125 works.

John Myatt - inspired by the masters

Artist John Myatt was one of the most famous art forgers of his generation; now he is a legitimate and hugely popular artist with his paintings in the style of the Great Masters, including Monet, Van Dyck, and as seen here, English portraitist Joshua Reynolds. 'Sarah Siddons as the Tragic Muse' (detail, right) shows the celebrated actress - the first woman to ever play Hamlet - as Melpomene, the Greek muse of tragedy, as seen via Myatt's brushwork. He has harnessed the dramatic light and majestic composition of Reynolds' original to make a stunning tribute to the original.

To see other female portraits by John Myatt, and works from his Genuine Fakes collection, click here.

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