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"Prior to the 1500s there were no female artists."



Yeah, no, you want to go? LET’S GO.

Bourgot Le NoirNun ClariciaDiemoth (also called Diemud/Diemudis) • Agnes II Abbess of QuedlinburgAnastasiaClariciaHerrad of LandsbergEndeGudaAbbess Hitda of MeschedeHildegard of BingenHelena of Egypt, daughter of Timon of EgyptAristareteTimareteAlcistheneEireneAnaxandraLala de CiziqueIaia of Cyzicus • Frögärd Ulvsdotter i ÖsbyMaria OrmaniCatherine of Bolognathe daughter of Butades (Kora/Callirhoe) • Lala • Sabrina von SteinbachKalloCirene, daughter of KratinosCalypsoOlympiasAmalasunthaLaodiciaHerlindis of MaaseikRelindis of MaaseikGisela of KerzenbroeckZaynab al-MaqdisiyyaFatimah Bint al’Aqra’unidentified prehistoric female artists, “Spotted Horses” muralOnorata RodianiMechthild of Hackeborn 

Also consider that there are a huge number of names missing - women did not always sign or receive credit for their work; earlier art may be pre- written language, may have been lost or destroyed, or may no longer be attributed by name.  Drawings of artists in ancient Greece in vase-making workshops, for instance, show both men and women painting designs.

The nature of white male academia and museum culture has also affected what we preserve and label, and even what we consider ‘valuable’ art, prioritizing the public (large murals and paintings) that Western women were socially not accepted to create over the private such as embroideries that were devalued and demoted to being ‘craft’ because of their associations with women.  Apologies for the primarily white and Western focus in this list, as biases in art historical documentation make it very difficult to properly identify by name pre-1500s female artists of color.

Here, have some essays:

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