Ingenious Women. Women Artists and their Companions

Hamburg, Bucerius Kunst Forum
14 October 2023 – 28 January 2024

The Klesch Collection was delighted to share multiple works with the wider public at the Bucerius Kunst Forum in Hamburg as part of the dual-venue exhibition ‘Ingenious Women. Women Artists and their Companions’, curated by Dr Katrin Dyballa and Dr Bodo Brinkmann.

Bringing together 27 women artists and around 140 works, spanning the 16th to the 18th centuries, this exhibition traced the careers of outstanding women artists. With an innovative approach to the subject, it addressed the family context in which these women artists pursued their careers. During this early modern period, women artists were generally denied access to the guilds required to operate on a professional level. Many, if not all, women artists from these centuries came from or married into artistic families and, as a result, would spend their careers in the shadows of their fathers, husbands or brothers. This exhibition explored the rules and exceptions of the family ties in this gendered profession and juxtaposed the women’s work with that of their male relatives and fellow painters to emphasize stylistic likenesses and contrasts.

At the Bucerius Kunst Forum in Hamburg, visitors could view our Portrait of Martini Martini and Young Man Smoking a Pipe by Michaelina Wautier, Still Life of Flowers by Rachel Ruysch, Portrait of Count Gentile Sassatelli by Lavinia Fontana and Madonna and Child by Elisabetta Sirani. These paintings, with the exception of the Sirani, will travel on to the Kunstmuseum in Basel.

Michaelina Wautier, Portrait of Martino Martini, 1654
Michaelina Wautier, Young Man Smoking a Pipe, 1656?

Lavinia Fontana, Portrait of Count Gentile Sassatelli, 1581

Rachel Ruysch, Still Life of Flowers, 1687 (left)

Elisabetta Sirani, Madonna and Child (Madonna of the Rose), 1664
Exhibition views Ingenious women. Women Artists and their Companions, Photo: Ulrich Perrey

Ingenious Women. Women Artists and their Companions

Hamburg, Bucerius Kunst Forum
14 October 2023 – 28 January 2024

The Klesch Collection was delighted to share multiple works with the wider public at the Bucerius Kunst Forum in Hamburg as part of the dual-venue exhibition ‘Ingenious Women. Women Artists and their Companions’, curated by Dr Katrin Dyballa and Dr Bodo Brinkmann.

Bringing together 27 women artists and around 140 works, spanning the 16th to the 18th centuries, this exhibition traced the careers of outstanding women artists. With an innovative approach to the subject, it addressed the family context in which these women artists pursued their careers. During this early modern period, women artists were generally denied access to the guilds required to operate on a professional level. Many, if not all, women artists from these centuries came from or married into artistic families and, as a result, would spend their careers in the shadows of their fathers, husbands or brothers. This exhibition explored the rules and exceptions of the family ties in this gendered profession and juxtaposed the women’s work with that of their male relatives and fellow painters to emphasize stylistic likenesses and contrasts.

At the Bucerius Kunst Forum in Hamburg, visitors could view our Portrait of Martini Martini and Young Man Smoking a Pipe by Michaelina Wautier, Still Life of Flowers by Rachel Ruysch, Portrait of Count Gentile Sassatelli by Lavinia Fontana and Madonna and Child by Elisabetta Sirani. These paintings, with the exception of the Sirani, will travel on to the Kunstmuseum in Basel.

Michaelina Wautier, Portrait of Martino Martini, 1654
Michaelina Wautier, Young Man Smoking a Pipe, 1656?

Lavinia Fontana, Portrait of Count Gentile Sassatelli, 1581

Rachel Ruysch, Still Life of Flowers, 1687 (left)

Elisabetta Sirani, Madonna and Child (Madonna of the Rose), 1664
Exhibition views Ingenious women. Women Artists and their Companions, Photo: Ulrich Perrey