Women, Art, and Society (World of Art)

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An accessible, informative yet compact reappraisal of the position and work of women artists from the Middle Ages to the present. It examines the way their work has been perceived in the history of art - often in direct reference to gender - and re-examines the works themselves. A new chapter - with 30 new illustrations - brings the volume right up to date in light of the most recent developments in contemporary art. It considers the prevailing globalization in the visual arts, focusing in particular on the many major international exhibitions since 1990 that have become an important arena for women artists from around the world.

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Whitney Chadwick is Professor of Art History at San Frandisco State University. Among her previous books are Women Artists and the Surrealist Movement, Significant Others and Amazons in the Drawing Room: The Art of Romaine Brooks.

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Like many women artists of the time, Gentileschi and Sirani were the daughters of painters. Orazio Gentileschi was one of the most important of Caravaggio's followers; Giovanni Andrea Sirani a pupil and follower of Reni, and an artist of considerably less interest than his daughter. Gentileschi is the first woman artist in the history of Western art whose historical significance is unquestionable. In the case of Sirani, her early death has prevented a full evaluation of her career despite her evident fame during her life. Sirani's father took all of her income from a body of work which she herself, following a custom gaining favor during the seventeenth century, catalogued at 150 paintings, a figure now considered too low. Despite her catalogue, no monograph exists and her reputation has suffered from an over-attribution of inferior works in Reni's style to her.

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