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Strong Women: Queens, Goddesses and Amazons

August 6–December 15, 2019 | Gallery 213 | Free


Beginning around 1400 prints became a powerful conduit for visual imagery. Its capacity for replication and circulation was unique, making it a powerful means for gendered images and for perceptions of gender issues. This selection drawn from the permanent collection is about woman and some of the guises good and bad in which she was represented by male artists’ vision of their power through the early nineteenth century. She is the Virgin, and she is Eve. Between the extremes there is a wide range of women’s conduct ranging with regards to sexual nature and behavior. Women are shown as saint, virgin, temptress, lover and heroine.