ARH 394 Women and Art in Early Modern Europe

This course will examine how historical attitudes about women and gender shaped visual material in the early modern period. We will proceed both chronologically and thematically, considering women as artists, women as subjects, women as patrons, and women as collectors and consumers. Topics covered will include biological theories about women, humanist defenses of women, feminine ideals of beauty, and the relationships between religion, politics, and female sexuality.