Women artists in Europe c.1400-c.1890

Key facts

  • Cost: £150
  • Credits: 10


Until more recent times the history of women artists has been overshadowed by their male counterparts. With them now gaining the recognition they deserve, this ten-week course will further their recognition. The course will explore the rise of women artists from the early modern period in Europe to the 19th century. Paying special attention to Artemisia Gentileschi (1593-1653) and to Berthe Morisot (1841-1895) the course will introduce students to the lesser-known artists. 

Areas you'll explore include: 

  • The prominent women artists within European painting from the 15th to the 19th century. 
  • Where these artists are placed within the broader context of European art of their respective periods.  
  • Key examples of the artists' work. 

By the end of the course, you’ll be able to: 

  • Identify and evaluate the historical, stylistic and cultural components of the artists and artworks covered, and the key debates surrounding them 
  • Critically analyse and interpret the major artworks covered in terms of its imagery, function, methods of production and stylistic and cultural components 

Suggested follow on courses 

El Greco to Goya: Spanish painting in focus. ADED11611 

Van Eyck to Van Dyck: Flemish artists in focus. ADED11610 

The artist: rebel, mystic and social conscience. ADED11784 

Who is this course for?

Anyone who has an interest in art history, and in particular women artist 


20 Credits at SCQF level 7 (level 1 at undergraduate study)  

Can contribute towards a CertHE in art history 

Mode of study

A mixture of lectures and seminars and gallery visits.  


Can contribute towards a CertHE in the history of art. 

Find out more

The University holds open days throughout the year where you can meet with staff to discuss our short course provision. Find out more about University of Glasgow open days