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Women in the Picture : Women, Art and the Power of Looking

McCormack, Catherine
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Icon Books Ltd
Published: May 6, 2021
ISBN: 9781785785894
304 pages, Illustrations, black and white
Country of publication: United Kingdom

£12.99

A bold reconsideration of women in art – from the ‘Old Masters’ to the posts of Instagram influencersA perfect pin-up, a damsel in distress, a saintly mother, a femme fatale … Women’s identity has long been stifled by a limited set of archetypes, found everywhere in pictures from art history’s classics to advertising, while women artists have been overlooked and held back from shaping more empowering roles. In this impassioned book, art historian Catherine McCormack asks us to look again at what these images have told us to value, opening up our most loved images – from those of Titian and Botticelli to Picasso and the Pre-Raphaelites.

She also shows us how women artists – from Berthe Morisot to Beyonce, Judy Chicago to Kara Walker – have offered us new ways of thinking about women’s identity, sexuality, race and power. Women in the Picture gives us new ways of seeing the art of the past and the familiar images of today so that we might free women from these restrictive roles and embrace the breadth of women’s vision.

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