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Old Mistresses: Women, Art and Ideology Paperback – 29 Oct 1981


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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge & Kegan Paul PLC; 1 edition (29 Oct 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0710009119
  • ISBN-13: 978-0710009111
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 12.7 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 274,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This work asks the fundamental questions about women;s position and the role of cultural myths in definitions of masculinity and femininity. The authors analyze the lives and workd of women in both the fine and decorative arts from the Middle Ages until the 1970s. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Feminist artists and historians have always been in the forefront of challenging the pejorative stereotyping of art made by women.

They have exposed the myths about women's supposed creative inferiority and the assumption that art is the exclusive domain of men. First published in 1981, Rozsika Parker and Griselda Pollock's classic book asks searching questions about women's position in culture and about the role of cultural myths and ideologies in the social definitions of masculinity and femininity.

They develop a radically new analysis of the relations between women, art and ideology as they analyse the lives and, equally importantly, the works of women in both the fine and decorative arts from the late middle ages until the women's art movements of the 1970s.

‘Compelling and galvanising’
THE AMERICAN BOOK REVIEW

‘A very readable expose of the insidious influence on the visual imagery created by women.’
DE ARTE

‘Feminist deconstruction at its best’
NEW STATESMEN

‘The implications [of this book] are immense and of great importance to art education’
THE TIMES EDUCATION SUPPLEMENT

‘[This book] offers us a real alternative. It is the one we need’
ART HISTORY

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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Miss S. Bonnick on 5 May 2010
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Old Mistresses: Women, Art & Ideology
Parker and Pollock

With the rise of the modern women's movement feminist artists and historians have challenged the pejorative stereotyping of art made by women.

They have exposed the myths about women's supposed creative inferiority and the assumption that art is the exclusive domain of men.

In recent years exhibitions and publications have re-established the names and oeuvres of hundreds of women artists throughout the centuries.

Old Mistresses builds on that foundation with searching questions about women's position in culture and about the role cultural myths and ideologies in the social definitions of masculinity and femininity.

In presenting a new perspective on feminist art history the book shows how the history of art is relevant to current debates about sexual politics.

In developing this radical analysis of the relations between women, art and ideology, Old Mistresses analyses the lives and, as importantly, the works of women in both the fine and decorative arts from the late middle ages until the women's movements of the 1970s.

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