The Story of Women and Art [Documentary / DVD Review]

The Story of Women and ArtThe Story of Women and Art (DVD) is a fascinating documentary focusing on women’s place within the world of art throughout history, or rather, the places that they dared to go.

Broken into three separate episodes and obviously unable to profile each and every prolific female artist throughout the ages, host Amanda Vickery introduces viewers to women who dared to challenge women’s traditional roles (or lack-thereof) in the practice and ambition of art.

[The Story of Women and Art] explores centuries of women’s contributions to art. Award-winning author and historian Amanda Vickery hosts this engrossing look into an often-overlooked subject: the life and work of female artists. The series offers a comprehensive examination of women artists, beginning with the Renaissance and ending with the early 20th century.

Artists explored, among others, include:

  • Artemisia Gentileschi
  • Judith Leyster
  • Angelica Kauffmann
  • Élisabeth Vigée-Lebrun
  • Berthe Morisot
  • Georgia O’Keeffe

Spending ample time with each subject – i.e. telling their story while leaving enough to entice you to look into the artists on your own if your interest is piqued – the documentary does a wonderful job introducing viewers to the backgrounds of each artist, including the culture, society, and families that shaped their worlds as well as liberally exploring with viewers the very work that these artists were able to produce against incredible odds.

The DVD also includes bonus features including a 12-page viewer’s guide with production insights from assistant producer Charlotte Gittens and articles on prehistoric women’s art, women artists from around the world, and women’s contribution to fashion design.

If you’re a lover of art, art history, and/or the amazing work of women artists, then you’ll absolutely want to grab yourself a copy of The Story of Women and Art.