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Saturday, 30 January 2016

Spotlight - Mary Beale

Mary Beale, self portrait, date uncertain

This month, Spotlight takes a look at Mary Beale, 'the first professional female English painter'.

Perhaps Mary's life wasn't overly dramatic when compared with, say, Caravaggio or Van Gogh, but in a time where her field was occupied almost entirely by men she was something of an exception.

You can find a biography of her HERE, and a collection of over 130 of her works HERE - as you can see, her speciality was portraiture.

If you'd like to find out more about women in art, a good place to begin might be the website of the National Museum of Women in the Arts - although the museum is based in New York, the website has a lot of information.

Of particular relevance to Mary Beale is a short NMWA article about the 16th and 17th centuries.

If you know any great art websites or articles, why not share them here? Send your suggestions to samsketches@yahoo.co.uk - please note that this isn't for self-promotion!

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