Women, Art and Society continued…Introduction

This book was lost for a while, but I finally found it underneath my bed in the master bed room. At some time during the last 3 months I thought it might be a sign to use another book but no, I’ve decided to start with this book and I am going to finish it.

Now I can continue my look into Whitney Chadwick’s “Women, Art and Society”. The first reading of the Introduction was upsetting which then lead to amusement. Upsetting because it is scary how easily History writers excluded women. Amusing because some of the reasons for reducing the level of importance that women played in Art are ridiculous. Specifically where critics held the fact Judith Leyster‘s gender against her or the notion that because she is a woman she is a sexual being and for that reason her art and work can not be as good as that of her male counterparts. (p.24)

To look at the role women played in Art History, it is important to look at how Art History emerged. Art History is a product of the Renaissance yearning to praise Italian cities and the remarkable male citizen which included “male artists” and the so-called “genius”. One of these products was Leon Battista Alberti‘s treatise “On Painting” published in 1435. Since the nineteenth century Art History has been closely linked to the establishment of authorship and the authorship of women was difficult to establish because of the cultural role they played. Women who were well-known in their time disappeared because it is difficult to find any art that can with certainty placed under their names.

Inorder to explain the problem of authorship, Chadwick look at three different artists. She looks at Mariette Robusti, a Venetian Painter from the sixteenth century. She talks about Judith Leyster, a Dutch Painter from the seventeenth cnetury. She details Edmonia Lewis, the first mixed-race American Sculptor from the nineteenth century. She considers a specific group of women artists in the circle of Jaques-Louis David from the eighteenth century.

Next time more on Marietta Robusti.

Take Care “Corlia

PS. I’ve read something in my Bible this week which is also upsetting and proves the point that CHOICE is important. We love our men, we love our children but please give a choice…

1 Timothy 2:11-15

 11 Let a woman learn in quietness with all subjection.

12 But I permit not a woman to teach, nor to have dominion over a man, but to be in quietness.

13 For Adam was first formed, then Eve;

14 and Adam was not beguiled, but the woman being beguiled hath fallen into transgression:

15 but she shall be saved through her child-bearing, if they continue in faith and love and sanctification with sobriety.



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