Discovering women artists in 16th and 17th century Italy

3 August 2019

Join us for a lecture by Dr Kathleen Olive in our new series Travellers in Time.

When we talk about Italian Renaissance artists, we’re often talking about men. But what about the professional opportunities for women? After centuries of scholarly neglect, modern scholarship and Florence’s Advancing Women Artists Foundation are driving research into the stellar careers of women artists, giving us new insight into how their professional contexts and personal restrictions differed to those of their male peers. 

Some women produced masterpieces behind closed doors: Sister Plautilla Nelli in Florence's Santa Caterina convent, for example. Others, like Artemisia Gentileschi, worked out of a family tradition and despite personal trauma. And a few, such as Sofonisba Anguissola, ended up working in Europe’s royal courts.

Kathleen Olive is an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Italian Studies at the University of Sydney and regularly leads cultural tours to Europe with Academy Travel. Her critical edition, together with Nerida Newbigin, of the 15th-century Florentine manuscript, the Codex Rustici, was published by Olschki in 2015 and is forthcoming in an English translation.

This lecture series is sponsored by our friends at Academy Travel.

Event details

  • When: 2.00pm - 3.00pm
  • Where: General Lecture Theatre, Quadrangle    
  • Cost: Free
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Discovering women artists in 16th and 17th century Italy

Where General Lecture Theatre, Quadrangle     When

3 August 2019

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