Kunst von Frauen'. Zur Geschichte einer Forschungsfrage

  • Anja Zimmermann


Anja Zimmermann

“Women’s Art”: On the History of a Research Question

Since its beginnings, art history has had a surprisingly strong interest in “women’s art”. From Vasari through the establishment of the academic discipline of “art history” in the nineteenth century up to today’s coffee-table books, female artists have always seemed to require some extra explanation. The article argues that this research was inspired less by a genuine interest in the creative power of actual female artists than the attempt to establish a rigid canon that excludes women. The text focuses on the specific effects of art historical writing on the development of an art historical canon in general.