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The Prado’s Second Exhibition Dedicated to Female Artists—Ever—Tells the Story of Two Old Masters Who Were Famous and Then Forgotten

They were famous in their day, but the female Renaissance artists Lavinia Fontana (1535–1625) and Sofonisba Anguissola (1552–1614) quickly slipped into obscurity. The latter’s paintings have been credited to male artists, including Titan, El Greco, and Carracci—by male art historians. 

Museums Claim They’re Paying More Attention to Female Artists. That’s an Illusion.

Just 11 percent of all acquisitions and 14 percent of exhibitions at 26 prominent American museums over the past decade were of work by female artists. According to a joint investigation by artnet News and In Other Words, a total of 260,470 works of art have entered the museums’ permanent collections since 2008. Only 29,247 were by women.  

The truth is that women have never been treated equally in the art world. Facts assembled By the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

Today women remain dramatically underrepresented and undervalued in museums, galleries, and auction houses. 

Researchers Explore Gender Disparities In The Art World

Researchers studied nearly 2 million art auction sales and found paintings by women fetched less money than paintings by men. Disparities that plague parts of the economy also affect the art world.

Gender Imbalance In The Art Museum And Gallery Worlds

It seems that we gallerists need to do more to encourage gender parity in our exhibition programming. And even, or perhaps controversially, to self-correct by putting more female artists on our rosters and walls.

'There's never been a great woman artist'

So says the critic Brian Sewell, and the art market seems to agree, with men's work commanding millions more at auction. 

Female Renaissance Artists Get Their Due

How a Florentine art restoration campaign is bringing the work of these artists back into the spotlight.

Newly Discovered Drawings Beneath a Work by Artemisia Gentileschi Suggest She Often Used Herself as a Model

Hidden images indicate that the proto-feminist painter’s portrait of Saint Catherine was actually a a depiction of herself.

Empowered By Victoria Beckham, 'Old Master' Women Painting Astonishes With World Record At Sotheby's

Elisabeth-Louise Vigée Le Brun’s imposing, life-sized “Portrait of Muhammad Dervish Khan” sold for $7.2 million last night at Sotheby’s New York, exceeding the high end estimate...

Female artists have sales revenge

Women’s art has long been undervalued and airbrushed from history but now prices are rising as galleries and auction houses seek to diversify

What’s the biggest problem with women artists? None of them can actually paint, says Georg Baselitz

Women cannot paint well, despite making up the majority of art students, according to one of Europe’s pre-eminent post-war artists. Germany’s Georg Baselitz has dismissed centuries of female artists at a stroke – from Artemisia Gentileschi and Frida Kahlo to Bridget Riley and Paula Rego – in his claim that women lack the basic character to become great painters.

More savage than Caravaggio: the woman who took revenge in oil

Artemisia Gentileschi turned the horrors of her own life – repression, injustice, rape – into brutal biblical paintings that were also a war cry for oppressed women. Why has her extraordinary genius been overlooked?

Saatchi Gallery to show its first all-female art exhibition

Champagne Life, which will showcase work of 14 artists, attempts to redress gender disparity in contemporary art