By Her Hand, Artemisia Gentileschi and Women Artists in Italy, 1500-1800

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Edited by Eve Straussman-Pflanzer and Oliver Tostmann; With contributions by Sheila Barker, Babette Bohn, Claude Douglas Dickerson III, Jamie Gabbarelli, Hilliard Goldfarb, Lara Lea Roney, Joaneath Spicer, Eve Straussman-Pflanzer and Oliver Tostmann

A brand new look at the extraordinary accomplishments of early modern Italian women artists.

This generously illustrated volume surveys a sweeping range of early modern Italian women artists, exploring their practice and paths to success within the male-dominated art world of the period. New attention to archival documents and detailed technical analyses of the beautiful paintings featured here—ranging from historical subjects to portraits and still lifes—offer new insight into the ways these women worked and their accomplishments. Essays and catalogue entries by an international team of distinguished art historians examine the works of Artemisia Gentileschi, Sofonisba Anguissola, Lavinia Fontana, Fede Galizia, Elisabetta Sirani, Giovanna Garzoni, Rosalba Carriera, and other less known Italian women artists. Through these works of art in diverse media—from paintings to prints—the fascinating stories of early modern Italian women artists are revealed.

Eve Straussman-Pflanzer is curator and head of the Italian and Spanish Paintings Department at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. Oliver Tostmann is Susan Morse Hilles Curator of European Art at the Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT.


Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT
(September 30, 2021–January 9, 2022)

Detroit Institute of Arts
(February 6–May 29, 2022)

Publication Date: November 30, 2021

Hardcover, 208 pages, 9 5/8 x 11 1/4

141 color + b/w illus.