Making the Invisible Visible: The Presence of Older Women Artists in Early Modern Artistic Biography



In her seminal book The Obstacle Race: the Fortunes of Women Painters and Their Work (2001), Germaine Greer writes of the ridicule faced by eighteenth-century painters Anna Dorothea Lisiewska-Therbusch and Giulia Lama as they reached middle age‚ due to their purported lack of physical attractiveness. This chapter follows up on Greer’s work and further examines verbal and visual characterisations of older women artists of the early modern period (i.e. 1400−1800) to consider whether this discourse of humiliation was the norm, as well as to see how such characterisations compare to those of elder male artists.

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  1. 1.University of MinnesotaMorrisUSA

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