CALL FOR PAPERS
"Writing the Woman Artist, 1600-1900"
[recently added ATSAH (Assoc. for Textual Scholarship in Art History) session,
College Art Association conference in NYC, Feb. 2003]
Male art-writers of the early modern period faced a most perplexing dilemma
it came to writing about female artists: how could one account for the talent
and intelligence evidenced in the artworks of women at a time when such
qualities were believed to be physiologically impossible in the female sex
Could the creations of these "marvels of nature" be assessed with the same
critical terminology and standards as were applied to the works of male
or were different values assigned
And to what extent did perceptions about
artist's personal appearance or character infiltrate the analysis of their
This session takes its inspiration from Fredrika Jacobs' Defining the
Renaissance Virtuosa: Women Artists and the Language of Art History and
Criticism (1997), and seeks to further consider the impact of gender
on early modern writing (i.e., accounts written between 1600-1900
concerning female visual artists. The critical vocabulary of various types of
literature or historical writing might be considered, whether biographical
sources, poetry, eulogies, salon reviews, letters,
etc. Furthermore, it is hoped that the intersections as well as contradictions
between these writings and the visual images they purport to characterize will
Please send a 1-2 pg proposal and c.v. to Julia Dabbs (address below) by JUNE
Julia K. Dabbs, Ph.D.
Asst. Professor, Art History
104 Humanities Bldg.
University of Minnesota, Morris
Morris, MN 56267-2134
CFP: Writing the Woman Artist, 1600-1900 (CAA, NYC 2003). In: ArtHist.net, May 16, 2002 (accessed Mar 31, 2023), <https://arthist.net/archive/25011>.