Module 1: PAINTERS
“My Illustrious Lordship, I will show you what a woman can do.”
– Artemisia Gentileschi, 17th-century painter
It should come as no great surprise that throughout history, female artists have been systematically overlooked and minimized, often lost and forgotten by recorded history. Thankfully, the situation is changing and these women are starting to receive their long overdue public recognition, women who persevered against patriarchal bias to bring their individual perspective to art, innovate mediums and challenge society’s understanding of gender. In this module, we explore the lives and work of the great female painters Sofonisba Anguissola, Artemisia Gentileschi and Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun, and examine the ways in which they defied the conventions of a male-dominated profession.
Module 3: PORTRAITS
“Men fight wars. Women win them.”
– Queen Elizabeth I
Beyond the immediate purpose of recording and preserving a likeness, portraits typically denote the sitter’s status, power, wealth, personality and psychology, while also reflecting the historical, social and cultural contexts in which they were produced. In addition, they provide invaluable insights into how the sitter wanted to be portrayed, or how the artist wished to depict them. In this module, we get up close and personal with Queen Elizabeth I, Lady Georgiana Cavendish (Duchess of Devonshire) and Adele Block-Bauer, fascinating women whose portraits will knock your socks off!