*who just happen to be women!
This series is back due to popular demand.
Starting on 12 January 2019, 10.00am-12.00pm
Since the radical “Do Women Have To Be Naked To Get Into the Met. Museum?” (1989) by the Guerrilla Girls, the art world has been facing an increasing movement which challenges its predominantly male structure.
It is impossible to modify retrospectively the canon that has ruled for centuries, made up almost exclusively of male artists; what we can do, instead, is use our modern consciousness to change our own perspective, to discover, welcome and recognise those artists whose contribution to the History of Art has been so far overlooked, at least partly due to the fact that they were women.
This series will present seventeen artistic personalities, selecting some examples from different centuries: we will look at their lives and their art, put them into context, and as a result of the analysis of their biographies, we will acknowledge how their identity as female artists affected their careers, their work and their role for the following generations. These four sessions can be joined as stand-alone events or attended as a course to receive the full benefit of Sara’s inspiring teaching style. These sessions are perfect for anyone who wishes to strengthen their knowledge of the History of Art.
This project has emerged from the combined research of contemporary artist Jane Fairhurst and the work of art historian Sara Riccardi, who is returning to The Portico following her highly praised series ‘An Essential Art History’, on the key phases in European Art History. The sessions are led by Sara, while Jane will informally add her point of view as an artist, opening up to moments of conversation throughout each session; Jane will then present her own work in the context of the female artists that went before in the final part of the last session.
12 January 2019, 10.00am-12.00pm
Week 1: Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179), Sofonisba Anguissola (c.1535-1625), Artemisia Gentileschi (1593-1652), Judith Leyster (1609-1660).
19 January 2019, 10.00am-12.00pm
Week 2: Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717), Luisa Ignacia Roldan (1652-1706), Rachel Ruysch (1664-1750), Rosalba Carriera (1675-1757).
02 February 2019, 10.00am-12.00pm
Week 3: Angelica Kauffman (1741-1807), Élizabeth Vigée-LeBrun (1755-1842), Rosa Bonheur (1822-1899), Elizabeth Thompson (1846-1933).
09 February 2019, 10.00am-12.00pm
Week 4: Berthe Morisot (1841-1895), Mary Cassatt (1844-1926), Edmonia Lewis (1844- after 1911), Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010), and will feature Jane Fairhurst (b. 1953), who will present her work and the influence that all these artists had on her own work.
This project has emerged from the combination between the research of contemporary artist Jane Fairhurst and the work of art historian Sara Riccardi.
Find out more about Jane Fairhurst.
Find out more about Sara and her company Art Across.