Art History

Celebrate Five Great Female Art Patrons

Leonardo da Vinci, Portrait of Isabella d’Este, c. 1499-1500, drawing. Musée du Louvre, Paris, France. Photo via the-athenaeum.org.

March is Women’s History Month. I write about cool female artists all year long, so I’m kicking off the celebrations by doing something slightly different. I picked five of history’s most impressive and influential female art patrons to feature on DailyArt Magazine. These collected world-class artwork and commissioned art from the most important artists of their eras. Three of the five also founded their own museums. Learn more about them in my article.

Five Great Art Patrons in History“. Published on DailyArt Magazine, March 1, 2020.

If you want to learn more about Isabella Stewart Gardner, read my article about her for The Freelance History Writer back in 2014. (And check out all of site owner Susan Abernathy’s great women’s history content while you’re there.)

If you want to learn more about Catherine the Great’s art and architecture patronage, I recommend a book I found while researching this article – Susan Jacques’s The Empress of Art: Catherine the Great and the Transformation of Russia (Pegasus Books, 2016). I really enjoyed it and learned a lot.

Explore my Female Artists tag to enjoy more great stories about women in the art world (and not just as artists) this Women’s History Month.

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