Women in the Italian Art World 1400 - 1800
With their art, they outshone their fathers, brothers and husbands. They created works that were coveted throughout Europe, they knew how to market themselves, build networks and were role models. They collected art and supported artists.
Women like Rosalba Carriera, Artemisia Gentileschi, Elisabetta Sirani, Diana Scultori, Isabella d'Este and Christina of Sweden, whose works, fates and enormous influence on the art world of their time are partially forgotten today.
The exhibition illuminates precisely these aspects and focuses on the diverse, active role of the numerous women in Italian art before 1800, using drawings and prints from the Kupferstichkabinett's rich collection as well as some special loans.
Not only will their art be shown, but, as far as is known, something will also be told about the circumstances of these women's lives. In doing so, the influence that being a woman had on their role in the art world and the strategies they pursued to assert themselves in the male-dominated art world will be addressed, so that it is still possible for us to find traces of their work in the collection of the Kupferstichkabinett today.
A special exhibition of the Kupferstichkabinett with the collaboration of Achtet AlisMB, the Youth Panel of the National Museums in Berlin