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Women in Art:Gentileschi to Emin Lynne Gibson Wednesday 10 October 2018

Freelance lecturer in history of Art.

This lecture will discover Old Mistresses and look at contemporary women artists from Artemisia Gentileschi to Tracey Emin 

Until the 1970s an Art History student could well believe there were no women artists in the entire history of Western Art. None appeared in key texts H.W. Janson’s The History of Art (1963) nor Ernst Gombrich’s The Story of Art (original ed. 1950).

Is this because there were none?

Some brave Feminist Art Historians attempted to rewrite the ‘canon’. It was not an easy task! Were there any great women artists? If so, where was the evidence? Where were the art works? Were they correctly attributed? Did they even utilize techniques, or depict subjects, acceptable as Fine Art?

Research over the past few decades has changed the subject of Art History and the Art we see in galleries and museums.

This lecture will discover Old Mistresses and look at contemporary women artists: from Artemisia Gentileschi to Tracey Emin.