Women Artists in History

Women Artists in History : From Antiquity to the Present

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For two-semester undergraduate courses in Art History Survey, and courses in Women in/and Art in departments of Art/Art History and Women's Studies.

This text introduces students to the most recent and extensive scholarly research on women artists, and to gender issues relevant to the topics addressed in most survey of art history courses. Organized chronologically covering primarily western civilizations and the roles women have played in their visual cultures, it highlights contributions from Antiquity to the present. Attention is also paid to other roles for women-such as patrons, critics, and viewers-along with the ways in which women have been represented in imagery in different periods.
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  • Paperback | 306 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 15.24mm | 362.87g
  • Pearson
  • Upper Saddle River, NJ, United States
  • English
  • 4th edition
  • 0130273198
  • 9780130273192

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This text presents a clear and concise, yet comprehensive survey of the contributions of women to the history of art. Organized chronologically, the book also examines the participation of women as patrons, critics, and viewers. Attention is paid to analysis and interpretation of images of women. Over 110 illustrations illuminate the ways in which visual representations participate in the construction of gender ideologies. Each topic is accompanied by an illustration, so readers can actually see the visual image to aid in the learning process.

The text reflects the most recent and authoritative scholarship in this area. Updated bibliographies are provided to direct readers to this research. This volume provides a map for recent feminist scholarship. It will direct the reader to different methodologies employed by scholars in each period.

The new introduction provides the reader with an overview of the key theoretical concepts necessary for an understanding of the material. College students and their instructors can rely on Women Artists in History to provide a solid foundation of understanding of this academic discourse.
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Table of contents


1. Prehistory.
2. The Ancient Near East.
3. Egypt.
4. Crete.
5. Greece.
6. Rome.
7. The Medieval World.
II. EUROPE: 1450-1800.

8. Italy: 1450-1600.
9. Europe: 1600-1700.
10. Europe: 1700-1800.

11. France: 1800-1870.
12. United States: 1830-1900.
13. Victorian England: 1850-1890.
14. The Later 19th Century: Europe and the United States: 1870-1900.

15. The Early Twentieth Century 1900-1920.
16. Europe and the United States: 1920-1945.
17. The Post World War II Era: 1945-1970.
18. Contemporary Art: 1970-Present.
19. Global Issues for Woman Artists: Past, Present, and Future.
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