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Madam & Eve

Women Portraying Women

Liz Rideal and Kathleen Soriano


Madam and Eve is a rich, varied and exciting overview of how women artists have depicted women in art over the last 50 years.

This is a visually stimulating presentation of the many different media and approaches that women have used to create images of themselves and other women, and it is also a eloquent examination of the impact that the feminist movement has had on contemporary art.

Over 200 artists, ranging from the well-established to the lesser known, are each represented by one work. A historical introduction sets the artistic and cultural context for the period up to the present, and the remaining chapters, which focus on contemporary art, cover the universal themes of the body, life, death, stories, and icons.

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Liz Rideal is Reader in the Fine Arts, Slade School of Art and a lecturer at the National Portrait Gallery, London. Her artwork has been exhibited widely in Europe and the USA. She is the author of Mirror Mirror: Self-portraits by Women Artists, Insights: Self-portraits and How to Read Paintings: A crash course in meaning and method.

Kathleen Soriano runs her own arts and culture consultancy company. She was Head of Exhibitions and Collections at the National Portrait Gallery, London, Director at Compton Verney, and Director of Exhibitions at the Royal Academy. She is also a writer, curator, and broadcaster.

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