What role did women artists play in the male-dominated world of Late Renaissance and Baroque Italy? Featuring some fifty paintings, the exhibition sheds light on the critical role of women painters in Italy from 1580 to 1680.

Artemisia Gentileschi (1593–1652), arguably the most famous woman of 17th-century Italian art, figures prominently in the exhibition. Her work is compared with that of her female contemporaries, while decorative objects from the period contextualize the world of these artists.

The exhibition is augmented by everyday objects from the world of these artists, such as jewels, fabrics, and musical instruments. The objects contextualize the works of art and in doing so bring them to life. By making the most of the seemingly ‘innocent’ materials they were forced to work with, these women paved the way towards artistic independence.