Women, Art, and Society

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The definitive work on the subject, mapping a complete history of women artists from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance to today
This acclaimed study challenges the assumption that great women artists are exceptions to the rule who “transcended” their sex to produce major works of art. While acknowledging the many women whose contributions to visual culture have often been neglected, Whitney Chadwick’s survey reexamines the works themselves and the ways in which they have been ...

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Overview

The definitive work on the subject, mapping a complete history of women artists from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance to today
This acclaimed study challenges the assumption that great women artists are exceptions to the rule who “transcended” their sex to produce major works of art. While acknowledging the many women whose contributions to visual culture have often been neglected, Whitney Chadwick’s survey reexamines the works themselves and the ways in which they have been perceived as marginal, often in direct reference to gender. This revised edition features a new final chapter that charts the evolution of feminist art history and pedagogy since the 1970s. It is brought up to date with discussions of some of the most significant women artists to have emerged in recent years, including Wangechi Mutu, Jenny Saville, and Teresa Margolles.

The place of women in the history of Western art remains controversial. In this brilliant and eagerly awaited study, Chadwick explores the issues relating to the conditions under which women have worked as artists from the Middle Ages to the present. Illustrated.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780500204054
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 10/1/2012
  • Series: World of Art Series
  • Edition description: Fifth Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 536
  • Sales rank: 244,436
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Whitney Chadwick is Professor of Art at San Francisco State University.

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Table of Contents


Preface     7
Introduction: Art History and the Woman Artist     17
The Middle Ages     43
The Renaissance Ideal     66
The Other Renaissance     87
Domestic Genres and Women Painters in Northern Europe     114
Amateurs and Academics: A New Ideology of Femininity in France and England     139
Sex, Class, and Power in Victorian England     175
Toward Utopia: Moral Reform and American Art in the Nineteenth Century     205
Separate but Unequal: Woman's Sphere and the New Art     228
Modernism, Abstraction, and the New Woman, 1910-25     252
Modernist Representation: The Female Body     279
Gender, Race, and Modernism after the Second World War     316
Feminist Art in North America and Great Britain     355
New Directions: A Partial Overview     378
Worlds Together, Worlds Apart     423
A Place to Grow: Personal Visions, Global Concerns, 2000-06     467
Bibliography and Sources     496
List of Illustrations     516
Index     523
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