A Google Doodle honoring Judith Leyster brings her to the public's attention

A Google Doodle honoring Judith Leyster brings her to the public's attention

Judith Leyster Gets Mainstream Recognition in the Form of a Google Doodle

Today's Google Doodle is dedicated to Judith Leyster, one of the few female Old Masters whose works have been preserved alongside those of their male contemporaries in an effort to increase public awareness of her.

During the 17th century, Leyster was active in the Netherlands; she painted alongside Frans Hals, and for many years, many art historians even credited his name to her creations. She barely lived to be 50, but she is renowned for her depictions of parties, whose drunken guests and energetic musicians ultimately came to define that period's party scene painting style.

The Doodle appears to make reference to one of the most significant representations of a female artist at work, a self-portrait by Leyster from around 1630 that is housed at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. One of Leyster's estimated 35 known paintings, it.

Leyster was unusual for her day since she was one of the few women to join a largely male class of painters and go on to become well-known. She became the first female artist to hold that position when she was accepted into the Guild of St. Luke, the most significant group of artists in Haarlem, in 1633. She also occasionally had to stand up for herself, as she did when she brought a lawsuit two years later.

Google claimed that its Doodle was created to honor the occasion on which the Frans Hals Museum in Haarlem in 2009 debuted a Leyster exhibition that was intended to be a correction.

According to Google, "Judith Leyster, a 17th-century master painter and a key figure in the Dutch Golden Age, one could say painting came easel-y to her." "However, for decades, art dealers misidentified her paintings as being by male artists due to misogyny and a fake signature."

Google was referring to a legal dispute from 1892 that revealed a Leyster picture that is now in the Louvre had been misidentified as a Hals painting for a long time. The value of the painting was then reduced before it was acquired by the Louvre almost 20 years later, in 1914. The Washington Post claims that until the 1892 case, no work by Leyster is known to have been displayed publicly or sold.

Leyster has since been the subject of more in-depth research, and in the 1970s, when feminist art historians like Linda Nochlin started to raise challenging issues about the exclusion of female artists from the canon, Leyster only gained greater recognition.

Google has honored female artists through its Doodles. Pacita Abad, Rosa Bonheur, Barbara Hepworth, Katarzyna Kobro, Naziha Salim, and Ana Mercedes Hoyos, who was honored on Saturday, were some of their previous topics.

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source: artnews

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