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ONLINE Women Artists from the Renaissance to 1900  

Please Note: This class has been moved online. In honor of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, this course will examine the lives of women artists from the 16th to the 19th century – artists born before any woman had the right to vote. We will explore female artists of the Renaissance and Baroque periods, first in Italy with Sofonisba Anguissola and Lavinia Fontana and the dramatic story of Artemisia Gentileschi, and then northern Europe artists such as Clara Peters and Judith Leyster. We will also look at the 18th century, from still-life painters like Maria Sibylla Merian who became part of the Age of Exploration to the handful of women who were admitted to European academies of fine arts. And finally we will move from 19th-century Realism to the better-known territory of women Impressionists (Mary Cassatt, Berthe Morisot) and their academic counterparts in the late 1800s.