Women of the Mauritshuis
Like to see female artists in action? Visit our In Full Bloom exhibition, closes 6 June. Meet the women of the Mauritshuis.
Tamar van Riessen
Founder of The TittyMag
Museum Educator Mauritshuis
Ask people to name some 17th-century artists and they will probably manage to list quite a few. Even people with little knowledge of art have heard of Rembrandt, Vermeer, Jan Steen, Frans Hals. But ask them to name some female artists, and you probably will be met with silence. Why is that? Were there no female artists in the 17th century? Were they not good enough?
On the contrary. They existed, and they were at least as good as their male peers. So why do we know so few of them? Here, we shine the spotlight on the women of the Mauritshuis, and tell you why there were many more female artists in the 17th century than you think.
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