Monday, March 02, 2015

the story of women and art

Art historian and host Amanda Vickery (professor of early modern history at Queen Mary University of London) poses a question at the start of her series The Story of Women and Art: Women as muses and artists models line countless gallery and museum walls, in sculptures and paintings made by male "old masters" - but where are all of the female artists?

... Viewers are treated to works created over the last five centuries, of some wonderfully talented women, including sculptors Properzia de Rossi and Anne Seymour Damer; and painters Sofonisba Anguissola, Lavinia Fontana, Artemisia Gentileschi, Clara Peeters, Judith Leyster, Maria Sibylla Merian, Angelica Kauffmann, √Člisabeth Vig√©e-Lebrun, Berthe Morisot, and Georgia O'Keeffe.

... Vickery takes viewers along on her journey, for the most part on site, but also, inexplicably, at times features details from stress's works on her iPad. Not very helpful really - show us the real art. That criticism aside, she has incredible enthusiasm for her subjects and helps give insights into there lives and art. A common thread through many of the female artists lives, is, unsurprisingly, how they were held back both personally and professionally, by trying to work as artists in a male-dominated world. Women being able to learn anatomy, work from bud models, was a barrier to their progress. Not all male artists were threatened by these women, however. She shares a lovely story of how painter Anthony van Dyck, a huge fan of Sofonisba Anguissola, visited her and even did a sketch of her.

A delightful painting of her sisters, "The Chess Game," by Sofonisba Anguissola, 1555.

You can read the complete review on Cinema Sentries ...


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