Gender and its Role: A Study of Women's Imagery in Two Movements

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Gender, gender roles, women, imagery, art, art history


Art and Design | Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | History of Art, Architecture, and Archaeology | Women's Studies


Most people generally do not contemplate their roles as defined by gender. Although feminist consciousness has been raised to a great degree, the majority of our society doesn't consider the basis for gender definitions. Often, one also doesn't consider that virtually every academic institution has been largely misogynist. This is beginning to change because the first major wave of feminism opened the door for scholarship with a feminist agenda. Art history has generally been a conservative field. Important woman artists had, in the past, been written out of art history. There are still many topics and artists that need attention, but many women artists, formerly ignored, have been written back in to the history of art. An evaluation of gender roles within the arena of art historical discourse is important and enlightening. Not only does gender affect the subjects and themes and artist chooses, it also can determine her success. For example, although Sofonisba Anguissola made a career as an artist, she hardly enjoyed the same opportunities or commissions as would a prominent male artist from the Renaissance.

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