“Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?”: A Case Study

This post is a collaboration with Jennifer Dasal from the ArtCurious Podcast, in which we’ve both taken art historian Linda Nochlin’s 1971 article, “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?” and talked about it from new, contemporary perspectives. Go check out Jennifer’s episode here! It’s easy for the average person to name one or …

Why are Portraits so Important in Art History?

Reader question: “Why are portraits so important in art history? And even in museums today, some which are dedicated to portraits (like the National Portrait Gallery in London)? To me, portraits are not aesthetic or interesting, so I’m interested in your opinion on what we could appreciate about them.” Why are portraits important? I guess it …

Some Spanish Art, and How it Reflected Spanish Society

Reader question: “My question is what does the Spanish art from the late Middle Ages and early modern period tell us about Spanish culture and society at that time period. Thank you!” —asked by Kaylie It’s a very broad topic but I’ll do my best to give an overview! Let’s start with some definitions: Late Middle Ages …

Artist Feature: Who is Tracey Moffatt?

Note: This Artist Feature is part of an ongoing series to document the female artists whose articles were added or improved on Wikipedia during the Art + Feminism edit-a-thon I co-organised in March 2016. Movement/Style: Contemporary photography and video art. Country: Australia. Years: 1960 – still alive! Well, who is she? Tracey Moffatt is one of …

Depictions of STDs in Art History

STDs in Art History: “I remember hearing years ago that some paintings depict people with physical indications of STDs. Perhaps syphilis? Is this true?”

Art History 101: The Female Nude

A “Female Nude” is an image of a naked woman that are widely considered to be Fine Art as opposed to pornography. Why is this?

Artist Feature: Who was Anna Ancher?

Anna Ancher is famous in Scandinavia, but basically unknown in the rest of the world. Which is a shame because we always need more discussion on awesome female artists in art history. Movement/Style: Part of the Skagen artists’ colony. She’s usually associated with Naturalism, and sometimes with Realism and Impressionism. Country: She traveled a bit around Europe, but lived, worked …