Essays on Modern Women Artists: "The Most Excellent" (Book 1)

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This two-volume collection of essays celebrates the diversity of artistic style and thematic contributions of female artists from the Renaissance period to the present day. The essays specifically address three main topics: descriptions of their careers, iconographical analysis of subject matter, and theoretical considerations about the visual arts. The essays are organized historically and classified as Pre-Modernism, Modernism, and Post-Modernism. With many illustrations.

Table of Contents

1. From Margarethe van Eyck to Agnes van den Bossche: Writing of the Early Netherlandish Female Painters (Diane Wolfthal)
2. The Artistic Activity of Spanish Nuns during the Golden Age (Mindy Nancarrow)
3. Artemisia Gentileschi’s Spada Madonna and the Trauma of Loss (Lilian H. Zirpolo)
4. Elisabetta Sirani: ‘Il pennello lieto non lacrimato’ (Liana De Girolami Cheney)
5. Josefa D’Óbidos de Ayala’s Religious Paintings (Liana De Girolami Cheney)
6. Bugs and Creepy Crawlers: Maria Sybilla Merian (Roger Wiehe)
7. Rosalba Carriera (Kathleen Russo)
8. Elizabeth Vigée-Lebrun’s Imagery (Kathleen Russo)
Selected Bibliography

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