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Seminar 05

Female Artists


Seminar questions

  1. Were female artists “novelties” in the early modern period?


  1. Did women artists conform to male expectations?


  1. Was self-presentation more important for female than male artists?


  1. Can we detect a “gendering” of art in the early modern period?


  1. What can we learn about the situation of women in the early modern period by studying the lives of female painters?




Amanda Vickery, The Story of Women and Art




Suggested reading

Broude, Norma – Garrard, Mary D. (eds), Feminism and Art History: Questioning the Litany, New York 1982, chs. 8-10, essays by Garrard, Fox Hofrichter, Alpers [N 72.F3]


Broude, Norma – Garrard, Mary D. (eds), Reclaiming Female Agency: Feminist Art History After Postmodernism, Berkeley-Los Angeles 2005, chs. 3-4, essays by Garrard, Bohn [N 72.F3]


Cohen, Elizabeth, ‘The Trials of Artemisia Gentileschi: A Rape as History’, Sixteenth Century Journal, 31 (2000), pp. 47-75 [Jstor]


Garrard, Mary, ‘Artemisia Gentileschi’s Self-Portrait as the Allegory of Painting’, Art Bulletin, 62 (1980), pp. 97-112 [Arts Periodicals]


Garrard, Mary, Artemisia Gentileschi: The Image of the Female Hero in Italian Baroque Art, Princeton 1988 [ND 623.G3]


Garrard, Mary D., ‘Here’s Looking at Me: Sofonisba Anguissola and the Problem of the Woman Artist’, Renaissance Quarterly, 47 (1994), pp. 556-622 [Jstor]


Jacobs, Fredrika H., ‘The Construction of a Life: Madonna Properzia de’ Rossi ‘Schultrice’ Bolognese’, Word and Image, 9 (1993), pp. 122-132 [Arts Periodicals]


Jacobs, Fredrika H., ‘Woman’s Capacity to Create: The Unusual Case of Sofonisba Anguissola’, Renaissance Quarterly, 47 (1994), pp. 74-101 [Jstor]


Jacobs, Fredrika H., Defining the Renaissance Virtuosa: Women Artists and the Language of Art History and Criticism, Cambridge 1997 [N 72.F3]


King, C., ‚Looking a Sight: Sixteenth-Century Portraits of Women Artists’, Zeitschrift für Kunstgeschichte, 58 (1995), pp. 381-406 [Arts Periodicals]


Lincoln, Evelyn, ’Making a Good Impression: Diana Mantuana’s Printmaking Career’, Renaissance Quarterly, 5 (1997), pp. 1101-1147 [Jstor]


Murphy, Caroline P., ’Lavinia Fontana and Female Life Cycle Experience in Late Sixteenth-Century Bologna’, in Picturing Women in Renaissance and Baroque Italy, eds. G.A. Johnson and S.F. Matthews Grieco, Cambridge 1997, pp. 111-138 [N 6915.P4]


Perry, Gill (ed.), Gender and Art, New Haven-London 1999 [N 7630.G3]


Schutte, Anne Jacobson, ‘Irene di Spilimbergo: The Image of a Creative Woman in Late Renaissance Italy’, Renaissance Quarterly, 44 (1991), pp. 42-61 [Jstor]


Trinchieri Camiz, Franca, “’Virgo non sterilis ...’: Nuns as Arstists in Seventeenth-Century Rome”, in Picturing Women in Renaissance and Baroque Italy, ed. by Geraldine A. Johnson and Sara F. Matthews Grieco, Cambridge 1997, pp. 139-164 [N 6915.P4]


Ward Bissell, R., Artemisia Gentileschi and the Authority of Art: Critical Reading and Catalogue Raisonnè, University Park 1997 [ND 623.G34]