i Elisabetta Sirani, Portia Wounding Her Thigh, 1664, Collezioni d'Arte e di Storia della Fondazione Carisbo, Bologna

22 – NEW – Beyond Artemisia: Italian Women Artists in the long Seventeenth Century

On campus

Course 22 – NEW – Summer School on campus

Monday 11 July – Friday 15 July
Dr Giulia Martina Weston

Course description

Over the last decade a conspicuous number of monographic exhibitions has been devoted to Italian women artists of the Early Modern period, paving the way for notable scholarly findings, chief rediscoveries, and newly emerged research avenues. Focusing on the careers and production of a selected group of artists, this course will unveil the most significant discoveries gathered so far, aiming to engage its attendees in a rich exchange on the roles played by these extraordinary women in their society as well as consider what lesson can be drawn today from their experiences.

Ranging from the pioneering examples set by Sofonisba Anguissola and Lavinia Fontana, to the versatile output of Artemisia Gentileschi and Giovanna Garzoni, our enquiry will look at specific geographical areas (such as the Bologna of Elisabetta Sirani and Ginevra Cantofoli) and consider a wealth of artistic media, from minute artworks on parchment to Plautilla Bricci’s grand architectural designs. Visits to the National Gallery and The Courtauld Print Room will allow us to gain first-hand knowledge of this exquisite group of artists, and to consider their legacy in dialogue with the predominant art historical canon.

Lecturer’s biography

Dr Giulia Martina Weston holds a PhD from The Courtauld, where she has been Associate Lecturer since 2016. She is Consultant Lecturer at Sotheby’s Institute of Art and a member of several editorial boards. She has published on various aspects of Renaissance and Early Modern art and society. She authored the monograph Niccolò Tornioli (1606-1651). Art and patronage in Baroque Rome (2016), and coedited the volumes I Pittori del Dissenso (2014) and ‘A tale of two cities’: Rome and Siena in the Early Modern period (2020). Her forthcoming book focuses on Salvator Rosa’s afterlife and influence in Britain.  She has lectured for the London Art History Society, Lincoln College, University of Oxford, and the Paul Mellon Centre.