|The Nun, 1983, Andy Warhol. Though neither Warhol nor movie actress, Ingrid Bergman (upon whom Warhol based his portrait) ever sought refuge in a monastic life, the "art thread" runs strong down through history in the lives of those who have.|
Saint Catherine of Bologna, ca. 1469.
|Art historian, Sister Wendy Beckett|
|Sister Juana Beatriz de la Fuente, Arbol de la Vida, 1805.|
|Sister Plautilla Nelli, |
Saint Catherine with Lily. 1750.
During the Renaissance, it was common practice for families to send women who weren’t in line to receive the hefty dowry reserved of eldest daughters off to convents. For a variety of economic reasons, not to mention the inclinations of women like Capomazza, convent populations exploded in Italy.. In 1515, there were 2,500 nuns in Florence alone, but by 1552, one out of every nineteen Florentines was a nun. The popularity of this lifestyle is not surprising, considering the socially repressive alternative. Generally speaking, convents have served as one of the most supportive artist residency programs available to women in the history of Western art.
|Lamentation with Saints, Sister Plautilla Nelli,|
|Conservation work for Sister Plautilla Nelli's, Last Supper, dating from around 1560. Leonardo discontinued his misbegotten efforts about 1498.|
|Portrait of Sister Juana Inés de la Cruz, |