For centuries, art historians have accepted the characterization of pre-modern European women artists as rare and relatively less talented than their male counterparts. This assumption is now being challenged by ground-breaking exhibitions that offer a more accurate and comprehensive look at women’s creative achievements. Leaving Her Name: A History of European Women Artists, 1400-1800.
From royal portraits and devotional sculptures to embroidery, tapestries, costumes, wax figures, metalwork, ceramics, graphic art, furniture and more, Making Her Mark features a wide range of objects from the 15th to the 18th century. Over 200 works of art and scale are on display, reflecting a wide range of work. The multifaceted and often overlooked ways in which women contributed to European visual arts.
A team of female curators led by Andaleeb Badi Banta, Senior Curator and Head of Prints, Drawings and Photography. baltimore art museumAlexa Greist, curator and head of R. Fraser Elliott Prints and Drawings at the Art Gallery of Ontario, spent four years researching collections across the United States, Canada, and Europe, and discovered an astonishing number of works by women artists. I researched the work.
The visit was named a “must-see” exhibition by Vogue and a “surely historic show” by the New York Times. artbma.org/mhm For tickets.