|Giovanni Francesco Barbieri "Allegory of Painting and Sculpture" 1637|
Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica
I was surprised to read that each of the figures in this painting is considered to be female, as my initial impression was of a female painter and a male sculptor. But looking more carefully I can see that there has been some attempt made to persuade the viewer of Scultura's femininity, from a nipped-in waist, to tapering hands. Looking at Scultura's thick neck and massive shoulders however, as well as her heavy-jawed face, it is hard for me to think otherwise than that Guercino used a male model for this figure, and later made an attempt to edit him into a female. Precursor of Photoshop?!