Queen Elizabeth of England, France, Ireland and Virginia, Crispin de Passe, the elder, 17th Century, engraving, Bequest of Herbert Greer French, 1943.242
Saint Catherine of Alexandria in the Clouds, Peter Paul Rubens, circa 1630, etching and engraving on antique laid paper – 3rd state, Bequest of Herbert Greer French, 1943.346
The Amazon Women (Les Amazones), Honore Daumier, 19th Century, Paris/France, hand-colored lithograph, 9 ½ x 8 in. (24.1 x 20.3 cm), Source unknown, x1946.84
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.
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