discovering brilliant women invisibilised by history

resurrect them mighty GALS 
restore herstorys lost
etch their names 
in steel and stone
so's such luminosity willna rot 
instead'll blaze star-strong;
so's such endeavour, courage & spirit 
will ne'er be forgot, will ever be known.

Clara Peeters: baptised 1594 Antwerp, died 1607                                                                       I fully discovered Clara on Wednesday 26th October 2016
Still Life with Crab, Shrimps and Lobster, 1640

nature morte

I knew this work but didn't know the author. Now I know it's a woman, it makes sense. Her paintings thrill. They have an edge, a sort of OCD lucidity, a druggy quality of hyper-perfection and distilled detail - extraordinary.

Artemisia Gentileschi, born Rome July 8 1593 died c.1656            I discovered Artemisia on 20.10.16
Artemisia Gentileschi, Self Portrait as the Allegory of Painting

Self Portrait as the Allegory of Painting


Artemisia Gentileschi
 (July 8, 1593 – c. 1656) "Gentileschi was the greatest female artist of the baroque age and one of the most brilliant followers of the incendiary artist Caravaggio, whose terrifying painting of Judith and Holofernes influenced hers. She is one of the stars of Beyond Caravaggio, an epic survey of his rivals and disciples about to open at the National Gallery in London. With words and images, she fought back against the male violence that dominated the world she lived in. Gentileschi achieved something so unlikely, so close to impossible, that she deserves to be one of the most famous artists in the world. It is not simply that she became a highly successful artist in an age when guilds and academies closed their doors to women. She also did what none of the other – rare – Renaissance and baroque women who made it as artists could manage: she communicated a powerful personal vision. Her paintings are self-evidently autobiographical. Like Frida Kahlo, Louise Bourgeois or Tracey Emin, she put her life into her art." jonathan jones, the guardian, 5.10.2016 
Beyond Caravaggio is at the National Gallery from 12 October to 15 January     woman's hour

Sarah Marie Guppy,
nee Beach, born Birmingham 1777                     I discovered Sarah on 01.09.16

Sarah Marie Guppy is the pioneering engineer behind the design of The Clifton Suspension Bridge, which was formerly attributed to Isambard Kingdom Brunel. "She had six children, but was almost secretly one of the foremost engineering, inventing and designing minds of the Georgian era. Her inventions and patents, for everything from a new way of protecting ships from barnacles to a device to boil an egg from the steam of a kettle, had to be registered by her husband in the name of 'the Guppy family'. In 1811 she patented a way of piling foundations to create a new type of suspension bridge, which provided the blueprint for both Brunel's Clifton Suspension Bridge and Thomas Telford's Menai Bridge." Read more at also: