Women’s Histories: Artists Before 1900

São Paolo, MASP
23 August – 17 November 2019

The Klesch Collection was delighted to lend no less than five paintings to this comprehensive exhibition ‘Women’s Histories: Artists Before 1900’ at the MASP in São Paulo, Brazil.

Aimed to rethink traditional art history and its hierarchies, this exhibition told the histories of women artists by bringing together nearly 100 works from Northern Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, India and the ancient Ottoman Empire, spanning 19 centuries. Going beyond the traditional choice of objects, the unique collection of textiles, paintings and drawings on display explored a dialogue between what, in their own time, was considered laboured work and what constituted fine arts. Michaelina Wautier’s Portrait of Martino Martini and Young Man Smoking a Pipe, Lavinia Fontana’s Portrait of Count Gentile Sassatelli, Judith Leyster’s Merry Company, and Sofonisba Anguissola’s Portrait of an Unknown Noblewoman were amongst 60 paintings included in this exhibition.

Sofonisba Anguissola, Portrait of an Unknown Noblewoman, c. 1560–1565

Lavinia Fontana, Portrait of Count Gentile Sassatelli, 1581

Judith Leyster, Merry Company, c. 1629

Michaelina Wautier, Young Man Smoking a Pipe, 1656?

Michaelina Wautier, Portrait of Martino Martini, 1654

Women’s Histories: Artists Before 1900

São Paolo, MASP
23 August – 17 November 2019

The Klesch Collection was delighted to lend no less than five paintings to this comprehensive exhibition ‘Women’s Histories: Artists Before 1900’ at the MASP in São Paulo, Brazil.

Aimed to rethink traditional art history and its hierarchies, this exhibition told the histories of women artists by bringing together nearly 100 works from Northern Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, India and the ancient Ottoman Empire, spanning 19 centuries. Going beyond the traditional choice of objects, the unique collection of textiles, paintings and drawings on display explored a dialogue between what, in their own time, was considered laboured work and what constituted fine arts. Michaelina Wautier’s Portrait of Martino Martini and Young Man Smoking a Pipe, Lavinia Fontana’s Portrait of Count Gentile Sassatelli, Judith Leyster’s Merry Company, and Sofonisba Anguissola’s Portrait of an Unknown Noblewoman were amongst 60 paintings included in this exhibition.

Sofonisba Anguissola, Portrait of an Unknown Noblewoman, c. 1560–1565

Lavinia Fontana, Portrait of Count Gentile Sassatelli, 1581

Judith Leyster, Merry Company, c. 1629

Michaelina Wautier, Young Man Smoking a Pipe, 1656?

Michaelina Wautier, Portrait of Martino Martini, 1654