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POWERFUL WOMEN: A Hidden History at the National Gallery
POWERFUL WOMEN: a hidden history at the National Gallery.
Did you know that of the 2300 artists on display at the National Gallery, only 11 are women? Did you know that only around 5% of the work major permanent collections worldwide is by women artists? Did you know that on average Less than 5% of the artists in permanent collection’s modern art sections are women, but 85% of the nudes are female? Can you name the female heroes and seductresses of the old testament? Do you know their stories? Have you ever heard of a Maenad? Medusa? Madame Pompidour? Saint Catherine?
If you have answered NO to any of these questions, allow London Drawing Group to lend a helping hand!
In answer to our hugely popular Drawing Tour, FEMALE SEXUALITY AND THE MALE GAZE with its focus on how women have been seen through male perspectives throughout the history of art, we wanted to create a tour that counters that. POWERFUL WOMEN: a hidden history, invites you to step inside London’s Iconic National Gallery with a celebration of powerful female figures throughout history; from Grecian Goddesses to the wonderfully vicious Old Testament heroines, stories of Saints and Martyrs, Witches, Monsters and the too-long-forgotten female artists of the National Gallery.
The morning’s tour of the gallery will be led by our resident LDG tutor Luisa-Maria MacCormack, with the afternoon devoted to a curated series of drawing exercises that aim to help you understand and engage with these paintings and stories in new and creative ways.
NATIONAL GALLERY 30th MARCH
London Drawing Group’s ‘Drawing Tours’ are a fantastic new series of workshops designed to help both professional artists and complete beginners experience the joys of the London galleries and museums in a new way.
Through our subject-specific guided tours you will draw from the surprising histories and personal stories behind well-known works housed in London’s most iconic buildings, and through the expertise and guidance of our tutors, experience the paintings in a totally different light.
**Please remember to bring a sketchbook and pencils etc or a drawing board and sheets of loose paper if you prefer. Meet at the DOWNSTAIRS INFORMATION DESK at the SAINSBURY WING ENTRANCE (to the right hand side of the main National Gallery) at 10:45am. There will be a break for lunch 1:30-2:30pm and the session will finish at 5pm**