“We want to tell a story that is a deeper one of the representation of women in art, even if there are only 21 pictures by women artists in our collection.” —Caroline Campbell
The fact that only 21 of 2300 paintings in the National Gallery, London were painted by women might beg the question, Why is that? There are, of course, myriad reasons this could be the case, some justifiable, many not. For International Women’s Day 2019, the National Gallery addressed this question head-on, and kudos to them for doing so. Whether you agree or disagree with their response, in this video Caroline Campbell, Head of the Curatorial Department at the National Gallery, provides a nuanced and admirably candid look at the variety of reasons for this state of affairs. Campbell additionally takes the opportunity to describe the women subjects of the next four films in this series: Artemisia Gentileschi, Rachel Ruysch, Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun, and Rosa Bonheur, as well as a segment on the women patrons of the National Gallery. Be sure to follow the whole series.