Women Renaissance artists? Was there such a thing? I’d never heard of any. Just in case you all are late on the news: There WERE many women artists who made significant and long-lasting contributions to the world of art. During the Renaissance period and even today, we seem to have only heard about male artists and how they had influenced this time period, but really there was much more than just that. In fact though, there were many well known women artists who got a lot more recognition that we give credit to during this period we are in. A Wikipedia article on Fede Galizia, helped me to understand that women artists were “not given the recognition they deserved until well into the 20th century”.
Let me introduce you to Fede Galizia. Here’s what you need to understand about her: first, Gian Paolo Lomazzo, a famous and well known art critic praises her saying “this girl dedicates herself to imitate out most extraordinary art” (“Fede Galizia“). Secondly, she was most remembered as “a pioneer… rescued from the oblivion” (“Fede Galizia“). Fede Galizia was one of the most famous artist of her time, and had gotten as much recognition as her fellow great male artists. Thirdly, her works of art were “portraits derived from the naturalistic traditions of the Renaissance in Italy with a sharply realistic approach”(“Fede Galizia“). Throughout her art, she was known to have been a portrait painter, and painted everything from a rich and realist perspective that made her so famous for her paintings.
Another women artist I felt had the same great talent as Fede was Sofanisba Anguissola. Her paintings made a great impression “astonished every prince and wise man in all of Europe… a brush taken from the hand of the divine… deeply appreciated by Philip King of Spain” (“Sofonisba Anguissola“)The art she painted, in her time, really stuck out as much as any of her fellow peer painters, but never really got as much interest simply since every other male painter was focused on more. What was so peculiar was she “never sold a single one of her paintings” (“Sofonisba Anguissola“). But her art seemed to have so much so much depth and great meaning “women of virtue… chastity… obedience, modesty and silence” (“Sofonisba Anguissola“) It really does surprise me how much we don’t hear about her.
Between these two artists, I think they both had great aspects about each of them. Women artists were also not noticed enough, and from all this info I think there should have been a lot more recognition for there artwork. And to the usual names we hear from that century all the time should step aside and let women artists of there time step in too.
“Fede Galizia.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 26 Feb. 2012. Web. 02 Mar. 2012. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fede_Galizia>.
“Sofonisba Anguissola.” Home Page. Suny Oneonta. Web. 02 Mar. 2012. <http://employees.oneonta.edu/farberas/arth/arth200/artist/sofonisba.htm>.