Child-bearer, a keeper of home, a good wife, these were used to described a woman from Renaissance. Women were expected to marry and have children, so they were not welcomed if they worked, especially in male-dominated professions, such as artists. Renaissance was not a promising time period for women artists to show their talents, although many humanists advocated that people should think reasonably. Gender discrimination was still a common idea during Renaissance time—women were perceived as imperfection comparing to men, which was according to Aristotelian (Maylon).
I first discovered the idea in the McKay textbook, but during the research, I saw more art works showing the gender discrimination. Not many women were famous in painting or sculpture because they were not allowed to study them. However, the art work done by women, mostly needlework, textiles, or drawing on porcelain, were considered as minor art work, which were not as important as paintings, sculptures, or frescoes(McKay).
Some women were lucky enough to have fathers to teach them about art privately, but the education that they got was not as good as what was provided in formal art academic schools. Especially, nude, the fundamental element in art, was not allowed for women to study; women also couldn’t do fresco because they would need to work in public. The reason that stopped women’s chances to emerge their talent was their roles in society during Renaissance. Women artists were limited by their gender roles, and it is unfair for them. So women artists mostly drew portraits or life scenes, which was different from what men usually drew. Men artists drew human body or religious stories, because they want to perform the beauty of human, and the art works done by men and women artists clearly show the different styles.