Thursday, March 25, 2021

Self-portrait by Faronne Marie Madaleine Ollivier (1716-unknown)

Women's History Month: A month celebrating women of history! I will be posting media and book recommendations, highlighting women from (mostly) the 18th century, and otherwise sharing content with an emphasis on women in history.


A self-portrait by Faraona Olivieri (1730-unknown death date).

Faronne Marie Madaleine Ollivier was born in Paris in 1716 to a French father and mother of unknown name and origin. There is little documentation about Faronne's early life, but it is presumed she studied art. In 1750, she married artist Michel-Barthélémy Ollivier; the couple moved to Spain where both worked as artists. It was not unusual for French artists to take up residency in Spain, Faronne applied to the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando in 1759 and was unaminously accepted; she was the first woman to ever be admitted to the academy and her entry saw a rise in female successful female applicants. Her death date is unknown; however, the last known work she produced is dated to 1759.

The above pastel self-portrait is held in the collection of the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando.

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