A new exhibition in Madrid is shining a light on the work of female artists who have been overlooked or forgotten by history. The show, titled “Women Masters”, features more than 100 paintings, sculptures, drawings and prints by 18 women from the 16th to the 19th centuries.
The “Women Masters” exhibition will be on display in Madrid until February 4, 2024, after which a condensed version will be exhibited at the Arp Museum in Remagen, Germany.
The exhibition aims to challenge the stereotypes and prejudices that have marginalized women in the art world and to celebrate their achievements and contributions. Some of the artists on display include Sofonisba Anguissola, Artemisia Gentileschi, Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun, Angelica Kauffman, and Rosa Bonheur.
The curator of the exhibition, María del Mar Villafranca, said that the show is not only a tribute to these women but also a reflection on the social and cultural factors that have shaped their careers and their recognition. She said that the exhibition explores the themes of education, patronage, identity, gender and genre in relation to women’s artistic production.
Artistic director Guillermo Solana says this exhibition rediscovers enormous talents.
“The first thing this exhibition uncovers are great women with great talent who, rather than being forgotten, have been erased. Because many of them were successful in their own time and in the 19th century they were eliminated from art history manuals and museums,” says Solana.
The exhibition is organized by the Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum and the Spanish Ministry of Culture and Sports, with the collaboration of the Prado Museum and other institutions.