The Ladies of Art: Stories of Women in the 16th and 17th Centuries
Annamaria Bava, Gioia Mori, Alain Tapié (Eds)
This book describes the art and lives of thirty-four women artists, starting from Artemisia Gentileschi – the first woman artist whose work constituted a watershed able to question certain gender prejudices – followed by other famous Italian women painters, such as Sofonisba Anguissola –the Lombard painter appreciated by Van Dyck –, Lavinia Fontana, Fede Galizia, Marietta Robusti, known as “la Tintoretta”, and many others. Admiring the over 130 works on the pages of this book we can appreciate the artistic greatness of these long-forgotten artists as well as the problematic nature of a historical period that did not favour women’s professional affirmation and recognition. Stories of women that offer a reading beyond stereotypes and capable of questioning behavioural models. Women who challenged prejudices, deconstructed restraining clichés, and who found their expression in painting.