Virtual Art Seminar

​Renaissance & Baroque Women Artists

Renaissance & Baroque Women Artists

Discover Exceptional Women who Challenged Conventions, Defied Expectations and Left their Mark on Art History 

 

Join an intimate community for six lively discussions on the remarkable women of the Italian Renaissance and Baroque eras. 

Each class will shed light on a different female painter, from Sofonisba Anguissola, Artemisia Gentileschi, Fede Galizia, Elisabetta Sirani, and more. All painted subjects that were traditionally the preserve of male artists. We'll learn how each artist navigated a male-dominated art world, competed with their male contemporaries to receive commissions from illustrious patrons, including aristocrats, cardinals, popes, and monarchs, and  rose to international fame. With special attention to their self-portraits, religious and historical themes, we will observe how they portrayed themselves and their female subjects as ingenious, intrepid and heroic.

Inspired by the ongoing exhibition, Artemisia at The National Gallery, London (2020-21), this series integrates cutting-edge research and scholarship. No background in art necessary. All that's required is a curious mind. Sessions are led by Lauren Jimerson, PhD. 

"I will show Your Illustrious Lordship what a woman can do" - Artemisia Gentileschi

From Milan to Rome, Florence, Bologna, Venice, Milan and Naples, learn about women's lives and the remarkable Italian women artists of the 16th and 17th centuries.

Discover women who rose to fame in a male dominated art world, including:

Sofonisba Anguissola, Artemisia Gentileschi, Fede Galizia, Elisabetta Sirani, and more...

Study their paintings of heroines from history and the Bible, still lifes, self portraits, and see the world through their eyes.

Next Sessions:

Saturdays at 10:30 am, February 27-April 3

Discover Renaissance Women Artists

What we'll discuss:

Week One: Women, Art and Society during the Italian Renaissance


We'll take a look at the world in which these artists were born into and the obstacles they faced, with a focus on women's lives in 16th century Florence.




Week 2: Sofonisba Anguissola


We'll trace the life and oeuvre of Sofonisba Anguissola (c.1532–1625) who was an apprentice to Michelangelo and later a court painter to King Philip II of Spain. She is argued to be the first woman artist to attain international fame.




Week 3: Fede Galizia and Elisabetta Sirani


Fede Galizia (c.1578– c.1630) was a successful still life painter when the subject itself was in its nascence, but her most compelling painting is a supposed self portrait in the guise of Judith holding the head of Holofernes. Elisabetta Sirani (1638 –1665) lived and worked in Bologna where she established a successful studio and became the breadwinner of the family. She was prolific and produced over 200 paintings during her short life.




Week 4: Lavinia Fontana


Lavinia Fontana (1552–1614) achieved professional success, not in court or convent as her female predecessors had done, but in direct competition with male artists in her own city of Bologna. She was prolific and she painted portraits, altarpieces, private devotional works and mytholgoical paintings. Around 150 of her paintings survive today. The mother of 11 children, she supported her entire family financially, including her husband.




Week 5: Artemisia Gentileschi


Artemisia Gentileschi (1593–c.1656) attained unprecedented fame and international success in the 17th century. She was the first woman to gain membership into the Accademia delle Arti del Disegno in Florence in 1616, and around 1639, she lived and worked in the court of Charles I of England. As stated by curators of the Artemisia exhibition at the National Gallery, "Artemisia painted subjects that were traditionally the preserve of male artists and for the male gaze; transforming meek maidservants into courageous conspirators and victims into survivors."




Week 6: Judith and Holofernes


Judith was a beautiful Jewish widow who saved her people by beheading the Assyrian general, Holofernes. This subject, depicted countless times by male artists during the Renassance and Baroque periods, became a popular subject for women artists as well. However, the story carried a separate meaning for artists and viewers of different gender. We will study numerous examples of this subject to see how women artists brought this decaptiation scene to life and spotlighted Judith as a courageous heroine.





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Next Session:

Saturdays at 10:30 am pm est, February 27-April 3

  • Webinars are sold in packs of 6.

  • Each webinar is limited to a maximum of 15 people to enable lively and engaging discussions.

  • Held on the same day and time each week, each session is 90 minutes.

  • No background in art necessary. All that's required is a curious mind. ​

  • Feel free to invite friends!

Try the first session at no risk! If you decide not to continue with the webinar for any reason,

I will refund 100% of the remaining 5 sessions.

*To streamline the booking process, only one date appears in the booking system. However, the event is

a series of 6 seminars and your booking includes them all.*​

Join an intimate community of art enthusiasts or create your own experience exclusively for you and your friends. 

If you would like to propose a specific date and time, or if you have any questions, 

please contact me!