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Twenty Extraordinary Women Artists

This class explores twenty extraordinary women working in the arts between 1400-1880. Many women artists were highly-accomplished and famous in their own day, but their reputations suffered in the history books. We will study Italian, Dutch, English, and French women who produced drawings, painting, sculpture, and crafts. These include: Caterina de' Vigri, Plautilla Nelli, Properzia de' Rossi, Sophonisba Anguissola, Lavinia Fontana, Artemesia Gentileschi, Caterina van Hemessen, Levina Teerlinc, Judith Leyster, Clara Peeters, Rosalba Carriera, Élisabeth Vigée-LeBrun, Angelica Kauffmann, and Mary Cassatt. How many of these outstanding women artists do you know?

Instructor: Kathleen (Kay) Arthur is professor emerita in Art History at James Madison University and is affiliated with the Madison Art Collection. She is a specialist in Italian Renaissance art and recently published a book on the nun-artist Caterina de' Vigri. She has taught numerous LLI classes on Italian art, architecture, and culture.

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