Happy Birthday, Fidelia Bridges!

Guest post by Katherine Manthorne, The Graduate Center, CUNY On this day—May 19th—in 1834 the best-selling female artist and illustrator in post-Civil War United States was born. A native of Salem, Massachusetts, Fidelia Bridges (1834–1923) forged an artistic career...

Another Dozen Great Women Artists from Long Ago

In a previous Art Herstory post, we highlighted one dozen women artists from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. At the time, we noted that the twelve painters and sculptors in that list represented only a small percentage of female makers of centuries...

Esther Pressoir: Imagining the Modern Woman

Guest post by Suzanne M. Scanlan, Rhode Island School of Design A yellowing, jagged-edged drawing simply titled “Sally,” by the American artist Esther Pressoir, gives us an intimate view of an unguarded moment. Perched on the arm of a wood-framed chair, the eponymous...

Elisabetta Sirani: Self-Portraits

Guest post by Jacqueline Thalmann, Christ Church, Oxford I recently wrote an Art Herstory guest post about two drawings by Elisabetta Sirani—a Self-Portrait and a Head of a Madonna. This took me back to the fascinating subject of self-portraiture,...