This course explores both the depiction of women in art and the experience of female artists across a long period, from antiquity to the present day, through an introduction to the gender politics of visual culture. Using case studies and site visits in London’s world-class collections, the course addresses the historical constraints on women artists as well as the ways in which women challenged their exclusion from art academies and artistic patronage. Students will examine representations of women by both male and female artists and how these have changed over time. The course also investigates the ways in which international museums and collections are responding to the current interest in gender politics and its effect on culture at large. Students will gain a variety of critical skills through which to understand and critique current approaches to art, women and display.