The Ladies of Art

Stories of Women in the 16th and 17th Centuries


Over 130 works by thirty-four artists active between the 16th and 17th centuries, including Artemisia Gentileschi, Sofonisba Anguissola, Lavinia Fontana and many others, to discover the incredible stories of talented “modern” women


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Much has been written about 16th- and 17th-century Italian painting, but the contribution of the women artists of that period has often been overlooked: extraordinary figures with incredible and often obscure personal stories. The Ladies of Art sheds light on these artists and their lives, on the role they played in their day, and how some of them made a name for themselves in the great international courts: extraordinary women, who overcame social stereotypes and who have not yet received the attention they deserve. This book describes the art and lives of thirty-four women artists, starting from Artemisia Gentileschi – the first woman artist whose work constituted a watershed able to question certain gender prejudices – followed by other famous Italian women painters, such as Sofonisba Anguissola -the Lombard painter appreciated by Van Dyck -, Lavinia Fontana, Fede Galizia, Marietta Robusti, known as “la Tintoretta”, and many others.

Admiring the over 130 works on the pages of this book we can appreciate the artistic greatness of these long-forgotten artists as well as the problematic nature of a historical period that did not favour women’s professional affirmation and recognition. Stories of women that offer a reading beyond stereotypes and capable of questioning behavioural models. Women who challenged prejudices, deconstructed restraining clichés, and who found their expression in painting.

Additional information

Weight 1772 g
Dimensions 28.3 x 22.6 cm
Publisher name Skira Editore S.p.A
Publication date 20 November 2022
Number of pages 240
Format Hardback
Contributors Edited by Annamaria Bava, Gioia Mori, and Alain Tapiè
Dimensions 28.3 x 22.6 cm
Weight 1772 g


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Annamaria Bava, art critic and curator, is director of Galleria Sabauda.

Gioia Mori art historian and exhibition curator, is professor of Contemporary Art at Accademia di Belle Arti, Rome.

Alain Tapié was director of the Musée des Beaux-Arts of Caen (1984-2003) of the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Lille (2003-2012). Chief curator of the museums of France, he has been curator of numerous exhibitions of reference and is the author of several publications.