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This course explores both the depiction of women in art and the experience of female artists 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.

During the first week, students will examine representations of women by both male and female artists and how these have changed over time starting with antiquity through the renaissance, 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, as well as looking in depth at topics such as the Female Nude. Lectures will be supplemented by visits to key institutions such as the Royal Academy and the National Gallery.

The second week focus on the 20th and 21st centuries, looking at Modernism and Surrealism right up to the contemporary art world. The course explores curating women-only collections, women on film as well as and Asian and Russian Art. The course will also investigate the ways in which international museums and collections are responding to the current interest in gender politics and its effect on culture at large.

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The Details
  • Course Dates

    Course Dates

    The Institute is currently developing the course schedule for Summer Study London 2019. Complete details and registration will be available in late fall 2018. Please contact for more information. If you can’t wait until Summer 2019 check out our Semester or Online offers.
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  • Sample Topics And Suggested Reading

    Sample Topics And Suggested Reading

    Sample Topics:

    • The Female Nude

    • ‘Overlooked’ and ‘rediscovered’ women artists from the early Renaissance to Baroque (Artemisia Gentileschi, Sofonisba Anguissola, Clara Peeters)

    • Women artists of the 18th Century in England and France

    • The female Impressionist painters and 19th Century chauvinism

    • Depictions of motherhood and the maternal

    • Women and modernist design

    • The suffragette movement and war on culture

    • Women and Work

    • The feminist body as site for art practice (Carolee Schneeman, Marina Abramovic, Ana Mendieta)

    • Misogyny and the art market

    • Women and the domestic (Judy Chicago, Miriam Schapiro, cloth, embroidery, housework)

    • Women, advertising and consumer culture

    • 20th and 21st Century feminism and art (Guerilla Girls, Pussy Riot)
      Suggested Reading

    Suggested Reading:

    Whitney Chadwick, Women, Art and Society (Thames and Hudson, 2012).
    Lynda Nead, The Female Nude: Art, Obscenity and Sexuality (Routledge, 2012).
    Roszika Parker and Griselda Pollock, Old Mistresses: Women, Art and Ideology (I.B. Tauris, 2013)
  • Visits And Field Trips

    Visits And Field Trips

    • The Royal Academy

    • The National Gallery

    • The Courtauld Gallery

    • Tate Modern

    • Contemporary Artist Studios

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    Course Fees And Registration


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