Midterm Narrative Assignment

Art 304    Midterm Narrative

We have been discussing the role of women as artists and patrons in the history of Art.  What are some of the strategies we have employed?  For example:  Add women to the male canon and stir?  A radical feminist rewriting of the canon?  first wave-third wave feminist approaches?  In your opinion, what seems to be the most productive line of attack?

As you contemplate the above question, compose a narrative that embraces figures as far afield as the Woman of Willendorf to Lavinia Fontana.  Who were these wondrous nuns and maidens?  Abbess of Hitda, Hildegard von Bingen, Herrad of Landsberg, Christine de Pisan, Matilda, Lucrezia pico della Mirandola….How did the lives and works of Sofonisba Anguissola and Lavinia Fontana differ from their medieval counterparts?  Did women have a Renaissance?

Your essay should include examples from all periods we have discussed in the class and in your reading. You should include the works of at least 6 artists and 2 patrons, using specific examples as you weave together the strands of your story.  The essay should be cohesive and reflective of what you have garnered from the course so far.  The narratives should be @ 5-7 typed pages and are due on Monday, March 5, 2012 in class.


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