For too many centuries, women who've endeavored to make art have been seen as peculiar or eccentric. Being taken seriously as an artist often meant that whoever she was, could not be taken seriously as a woman. The sort of woman who did the “right” thing: managed a pleasant home for her man and then procreated like crazy. It was all right if a woman wanted to keep herself busy doing needlework or even painting some flowers. But, as far as serious art went, that was the exclusive to the domain of men. Women, and everybody “knew” this in the times, were not capable of artistic brilliance. This is both wrong and extremely unfair, but that's the way it was. In reality being an artist wasn’t exactly a profession anyone wanted until the Italian Renaissance made it acceptable and even then it wasn’t particularly a career a parent wanted his or her son to partake in. However, if you were taken into an apprenticeship it meant that you had a chance at making ...
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