As contemporary cultural critics and readers re-evaluate centuries during which women artists were sidelined and under-canonized (a practice that continues in earnest to this day), an unintended consequence is that women who actually thrived during their time periods can be paradoxically overlooked. That’s no longer the case for Artemisia Gentilesc...

During the fifteen and sixteenth centuries women held little authority as artists in Italy or in the rest of the world. It was often believed that women could not achieve true artistic vision because of their perceived lack of intelligence, character, and strength. They were barred from art academies and dissuaded from taking up painting or sculptu...