Week 1- The Middle Ages (476 AD - 1453)
The Arnolfini Portrait-The Arnolfini Portrait
- painted by: Jan van Eyck,1434
-Oil on oak of what is presumed to be husband and wife. Male is positioned to be standing straight up with hand raised. Gives the male in painting authority. Woman appears to be with child, gazing down, with subservient body language.
-Depicts the male dominance of this time period. Shows a woman in her rightful place of this era.
Week 2 - The Renaissance (1455-1600)
Bernardio Campi Painting Sofonisba Anguissola-Bernardio Campi Painting Sofonisba Anguissola
-painted by: Sofonisba Anguissola
-oil on canvus
- Image of Bernardio Campi Painting Sofonisba Anguissola, master painting student, however the painting is done by Anguissola.
-Shows Anguissola larger than Campi, showcases her ability to paint her teacher and herself. She could not sell her work, or get recognition she deserved, but she could preserve herself as the master painter.
Week 3: 17th Century(1600 -1699)
Minerva Dressing-Minerva Dressing
-painted by: Lavinia Fontana
-oil on canvas
- Image of the goddess Minerva dressing, her armor scattered about the floor. A small child plays with her helmet.
-Not reminiscent of the times, a women artist painted a naked women.
-Also defying of this time period, this piece shows a mother balancing work and child rearing.
Garden Tiger Moth-Garden Tiger Moth
-engraving by Maria Merian
- composition of caterpillars, moth, wasps, and flower.
- This piece is not only important to the art world, but the scientific community. Merian used her artist skills to catalog flowers and insects. Painstaking detail is given to all objects within the piece. Maria Merian was the first women to merge art and science.
Roses, Convolvulus, Poppies, and Other Flowers in an Urn on a Stone Ledge-Roses, Convolvulus, Poppies, and Other Flowers in an Urn on a Stone Ledge
-painted by Rachel Ruysch
-1680, oil on canvas
-painting is of large arrangement of flowers in a vase. Ruysch was known for her asymmetrical spiraling composition, highlighted in this piece. She may have painted flowers, but was revolutionary in the fact that she continued to paint after having 10 children, achieved international fame, and had a career lasting over 6 decades.
Week 4: The 18th Century (1700-1799)
Young Girl Holding a Monkey-Young Girl Holding a Monkey
- 24.8 X 18.8 in.
- Pastel by Rosalba Carriera in 1721
-Portrait of a girl with her pet monkey. This was done during Carriera's time in Paris. This piece shows her mastery of the new form of medium, pastel. Portrait pictures were typical for this era, but in oil. This piece is fun as it is not a typical portrait due its fuzzy friend, the little monkey.
Self Portrait-Self Portrait bust
-Anne Seymour Damer
-This is a self portrait sculpture. Damer is known as the only woman English sculptor who has been recorded before the twentieth century. The subject of this piece is not controversial, however the medium is. Woman were not to be sculptors, that was to be left to men. Anne Damer proved that woman could sculpt too.
Week 5 - The 19th Century (1800-1899)
The Horse Fair-The Horse Fair
- painted by: Rosa Bonheur
-Oil on Canvas; apx 8ft by 16ft
-Depicts men trying to control horses at a horse fair. This content was not considered feminine and Rosa was critiqued for not painting what a lady should. This piece gained international recognition, and created change for women in the artistic field. Rosa proved that women can paint all different types of subjects, and that women can lead an unconventional life and still be successful.
We Both Must Fade-We Both Must Fade
- painted by: Lilly Martin Spencer.
- American artist. Spencer was able to support her husband and thirteen children with her work.
-This is a portrait of a beautiful young women in extravagant attire. The lighting is dramatic. Focusing the viewers attention on the women and the mirror she looks to. The edges fade into darkness. In her hand she hold a beautiful flower, but its petals have began to fall. All beauty fades.
Week 6 - European 20th Century (1900-1999)
Week 7 - American 20th Century (1900-1999)
Typewriter Girl-Typewriter Girl
-painted by: Nadezhda Udaltsova; a Russian artist
- A women and a typewriter make up the composition of this piece. The painting, done in cubism, displays a dichotomy between warm and cool colors. There is a diagonal line intermittently drawn from the top left corner to lower right corner. The face is especially intriguing. It is split in two. An interpretation of the duality of life. This piece captures the beginning of the new women.
The Model-The Model
-Painted by: Lyubov Popva
-Oil on Canvas
-Russian born artist. Died at the peak of her career of scarlet fever. This piece deconstructs the female figure and reassembles it using geometric shapes. This model stands tall as she consumes the entire height of the piece.
- Painted by: Lee Krasner
- Krasner was an American abstract expressionist artist who lived from 1908-1984. The energy of this piece is vibrant. There are bold brush strokes going every direction. It appears that this piece is done completely at random, but a grid-like pattern appears. Warm and cool colors are mixed throughout the piece. Shapes and line work create the composition. A beautiful example of abstract expressionist.
Tar Beach II-Tar Beach II
-Created by: Faith Ringgold
-.Born in Harlem, New York 1930; currently lives in Englewood, New Jersey
- It tells the story of a young girl and her summer on top their family’s apartment building on the tar roof. This piece is bright and colorful. This piece is known as a story quilt. A condensed version of the book is written on the quilt as well. This quilt captures an entire book in one piece
Week 8 - 21st Century (2000-2020)
Pink Iris-Pink Iris
-Created by: Jacqueline Secor
- Born in 1988 in Placerville, CA; resides in Salt Lake City, Utah
-This piece is a colorful cheerful piece of vulva blended with pink Iris’s. Secor researched and discovered that there is an increase in young women requesting labiaplasty in America. These women are trying to make their own genitals look a certain way. Her work is about celebrating the differences and the beauty that each woman individually has to offer.
The Turquoise Cat-The Turquoise Cat
- Painted by: Tina Lake
-Done in honor of Lake’s own cat. This watercolor is vibrant. There is a rippling effect that Lake achieved that makes the background look as though it is under water. The main feature of the composition is a beautiful grey cat. It is intently looking at something not shown. This piece showcases how modern artist are still exploring and creating with mediums.