On the Margin, into the Frame – Women Artists in Focus: From Renaissance to Enlightenment

Art History

Day course

Joanna Cobb

11 April 2022


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Following an introduction to women’s roles and status in art history, we will focus on the years 1500 to 1750.  These remarkable women, some largely forgotten in subsequent centuries, nevertheless made striking contributions to the ages in which they lived and worked.

From the Renaissance in northern Europe and Italy, the Dutch Golden Age, through to the Age of Enlightenment, they include Levina Teerlinc, miniaturist to the Tudors,  royal painter Sofonisba Anguissola, Baroque artist Artemisia Gentileschi and Maria Sybilla Merian, intrepid traveller, naturalist and scientific illustrator.

On the Margin, into the Frame

This exciting new series sheds light on subjects traditionally on the periphery of art history, but whose richness and diversity warrant greater attention. As well as familiar figures, expect to discover some surprising talents too long overlooked, who were remarkably successful in their own times.

  1. Women artists in focus: from Renaissance to Enlightenment.
  2. Black Identity in Art.
  3. Northern Lights.

Tutor information

Joanna Cobb is an independent art historian, researcher and lecturer based in Somerset with a passionate belief in the benefits of lifelong learning in its fullest sense.  Following a career teaching history, she studied history of art at Birkbeck, University of London, leading to an MA with distinction. Joanna’s article, ‘From Parrots to Princes: Exhibitions of Contemporary Stained Glass in Late Eighteenth-century London’. appeared in the online journal Vidimus, Issue 53, July/August 2011. Since moving to Somerset Joanna has been invited to speak for a range of organisations. Central to Joanna’s approach is an understanding of the cultural, political and social contexts in which works of art were produced and experienced,  in order to allow the ‘bigger picture’ to emerge and in so doing enrich and enlarge the encounter.

Covid information

Dillington House wishes to reassure everyone that we are working closely with Somerset County Council to ensure every measure is being taken to make Dillington House a safe place for everyone.

All course participants will be sent further guidance prior to the course date.

Dillington House is following Government guidelines and adhering to new guidance including local or national lockdowns.

All places booked can be transferred or refunded in the event this course is cancelled. Individuals who are affected by local lockdowns will be able to transfer to an alternative course. All other terms and conditions apply.