The Renaissance: Women Roles and Famous Women ArtistThere was a great change from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance in terms of culture, art, morals and roles. However not much has changed for women and for what they were and weren't allowed to do. Men still remain as the superior sex and women are their servants as society places strict foundations that women "should" listen to. However, there are few who have managed to elude them.
Sofonisba Anguisola(born in Cremona, around 1535) managed to find a way to express her love for art, limited to stick to Portraiture, and found a way to be a respected artist and was mentored by Michelangelo. She was so talented, she was permitted to serve as a painter for the Spanish Court. Here is one of her famous paintings:
Bernardino Campi Painting Sofonisba Anguisola
Artemisia Gentileschi (Born in Rome in 1593) was the daughter Orazio Gentileschi and was influenced by Caravaggio. She was one of the first women artist in history of western art who
significance is unquestionable. She also joined the Accademia del Disegno. However, she was raped by Agostino Tassi(who worked for her father) and in order for her reputation to be saved she was promised to be married by Tassi (comforting right?). He eventually took back his promise and then was put on trial by Artemisia's father in 1612. Some art historians believe it was because of this, she was inspired to paint strong and heroic women. Here are two of her most significant (and some say ironic) paintings:
Susanna and the Elders
Judith Slaying Holofernes
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