i Sofonisba Anguissola, Self-Portrait at the Easel, 1556, detail, oil on canvas, Łańcut Castle, Poland. Image: Wikimedia Commons

16 – Beyond Artemisia: Italian Women Artists in the Long Seventeenth Century

On campus

Course 16 – Summer School on campus

Monday 26 – Friday 30 June 2023
Dr Giulia Martina Weston

Booking for this course has now closed. 

You may also be interested in our evening courses From Life: Representing Nature in Northern European Art, 1500-1750 and Women Artists in France, 1770-1914.

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. Giulia authored the monograph Niccolò Tornioli (1606-1651). Art and Patronage in Baroque Rome (2016) and co-edited 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 is a member of the Governing Board of the Centre for the Study of Medicine and the Body in the Renaissance – Fondazione Comel (Pisa), an institution for which she curated the exhibition The Universe on Paper. The Art of Linda Karshan in 2022.