Women in the arts under the spotlight at National Gallery lecture, Cobham
The fascinating and complex role that women have played in visual arts will be discussed at a new series of lectures.
From patrons and collectors to artists and subjects, the series will begin with images of ancient and medieval women, examining the different ways in which the female sex has been depicted over the years in painting and sculpture.
The 10-week course with National Gallery lecturer Siân Walters then explores the emergences of the earliest independent female artists.
Da Vinci and Raphael are household names, but few have heard of Lavinia Fortana or Sofonisba Anguissola, who were praised by the great Michelangelo.
The Art History in Focus lectures then move into later centuries, and major figures under discussion include Elizabeth Louise Vigée le Brun, Angelica Kauffman, Gwen John and Frida Kahlo.
Women In Art; Churchgate House Centre, Downside Bridge Road, Cobham; January 18 to April 5, 11am; £120 including refreshments; to enrol call 01932 267322 or visit arthistoryinfocus.com.