Front covers of the five new portrait-mode Art Herstory note card designs, introduced in February 2021.

Just in time for Women’s History Month, Art Herstory is excited to launch five new note card designs! Some of the cards present new works by early modern women artists who are already represented in the collection. But in some cases, we introduce “new” female Old Masters to the Art Herstory line.

With these additions, Art Herstory now offers a total of 17 note card designs. The card feature paintings by a dozen female artists of the sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The images come from a variety of sources, including:

  • Private collectors;
  • The National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC;
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art;
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum;
  • The Art Institute of Chicago;
  • Chazen Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin–Madison
  • Nivaagaards Malerisamling;
  • Nationalmuseum in Stockholm;
  • Kunstmuseum Basel;
  • and the National Museum, Poznań.

Without further ado, here are the Spring 2021 additions to Art Herstory’s line of note cards:

Artemisia Gentileschi, Self-Portrait as Clio, c. 1640

This card reproduces a painting held in The Bennett Collection of Women Realists in San Antonio, Texas (the conveyor of The Bennett Prize). Art Herstory is tremendously grateful to the owners for partnering with us to make the work accessible to Artemisia’s large—and ever-growing—fan club. Read about the artist on the Artemisia page of The Bennett Collection’s website. And while you are there, be sure to explore the carefully curated assemblage of paintings by women figurative realists from the seventeenth century to the present. The Collection includes work by cutting-edge contemporary artists. It also holds works by women painters from across the generations, including Gertrude Abercrombie, Elaine de Kooning, Elisabetta Sirani, Mary Cassatt, and many others.

Elisabetta Sirani, Signora Ortensia Leoni Cordini as Saint Dorothy, 1661

With the publication of this note card, Art Herstory introduces the seventeenth-century virtuosa Elisabetta Sirani to our line! Visit the new Art Herstory resource page on this artist to learn more about the artist’s life and work. Not only is this the first Sirani card for Art Herstory, it is also the first work from a university or college museum for our stationery line. We are grateful to the Chazen Museum of Art at the University of Wisconsin–Madison for participating in the Art Herstory project. Look for this card in the museum store!

Orsola Maddalena Caccia, Fruit and Flowers, c. 1630

As Art Herstory and Artnet recently reported, in 2020 the Metropolitan Museum of Art received a bequest of three paintings by seventeenth-century artist-nun Orsola Maddalena Caccia! We lose no time in celebrating this happenstance in true Art Herstory fashion: by featuring one of the paintings on a card. While this is the first Suor Orsola painting in our note card line, the artist is not new to Art Herstory. Her Nativity is the image presented on our inaugural Christmas card.

Maria Sibylla Merian, Study of Capers, Gorse, and a Beetle, 1693

Finally, we introduce not one, but two, cards featuring works by the intrepid seventeenth-century entomologist and illustrator Maria Sibylla Merian. Be sure to visit the new Art Herstory resource page for this artist. The extensive bibliography lists not only scholarly books and books for young readers, but even includes a coloring book!

The Met’s free and unrestricted use policy made it possible to create the card shown above, as well as the Caccia card described earlier in this post, and our note card of Artemisia Gentileschi’s Esther before Ahasuerus. We are grateful.

Maria Sibylla Merian, The Rocu Tree, with Caterpillars, Moths, and Butterflies, 1730/71

Alert readers will have noticed from our Maria Sibylla Merian resource page, or another source, that the artist died in 1717. Yet this artwork is dated 1730/71! This is not an error on our part. The work is a counterproof, made posthumously from plates the author had made for her publication The Insects of Suriname.

Here again, Art Herstory is grateful to the holding museum for its Open Content Program. The Getty makes available, without charge or permission requirements, all available digital images to which the Getty holds the rights, or that are in the public domain. This policy makes possible not only the new card illustrated above, but also our recently issued note card that reproduces The Getty’s Still Life with Bowl of Citrons, by Giovanna Garzoni.


With these new cards, Art Herstory now offers two new pre-packaged 6-pack sampler options: Floral and Botanical, and Italian Women Artists.

Visit the Art Herstory online shop for full details about each of the new cards. As always, Art Herstory note cards are available individually, in 3-packs, or in 6-packs. Patrons may select from among a variety of 6-pack offerings, but are also welcome to design a custom 3-pack or 6-pack.

More posts about Art Herstory cards

Announcing Six New Art Herstory Note Cards (Fall 2020)

The Inaugural Art Herstory Christmas Card!

New from Art Herstory: The Artemisia Gentileschi Christmas Card

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