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On this grand tour of western Looking for cathereena culture, you couldn't ask for a better guide than McCormack, an art historian with attitude who offers a rousing new lens for looking "beyond the exchange of seeing and being seen". A bold reconsideration of women in art - from the 'Old Masters' to the posts of Instagram influencers. Women's identity has long been stifled by a limited set of archetypes, found everywhere in pictures from art history's classics to advertising, while women artists have been overlooked and held back from shaping more empowering roles.

In this impassioned book, art historian Catherine McCormack asks us to look again at what these images have told us to value, opening up our most loved images - from those of Titian and Botticelli to Picasso and the Pre-Raphaelites. She also shows us how women artists - from Berthe Morisot to Beyonce, Judy Chicago to Kara Walker - have offered us new ways of thinking about women's identity, sexuality, race and power. Women in the Picture gives us new ways of seeing the art of the past and the familiar images of today so that we might free women from these restrictive roles and embrace the breadth of women's vision.

F ull: 'McCormack succeeds in the nearly impossible task of discussing both the representation of women throughout the history of art as well as how women artists have challenged these male-centric images. She writes beautifully and with an accessible voice, moving effortlessly from the Rokeby Venus to contemporary culture's narcissistic obsession with social media selfies.

A wide range of readers will benefit from her synthesis of thousands of years of art about the female body and how this has impacted and occluded our understanding of women's experience.

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Women will continue to be objectified in art and in popular culture, but the book sheds a generous amount of angry light on how we got here. On this grand tour of western visual culture from Botticelli to Beyonce, virtuous mothers to monstrous women, from Lilith to I Love Dick, you couldn't ask for a better guide than McCormack, an art historian with attitude who offers a rousing new lens for looking "beyond the exchange of seeing and being seen".

This reconsideration of art is fascinating. The author discusses the startling imbalances between the works of women exhibited in galleries compared to men. She highlights the need to redress this balance and create Women in the Picture A feminist journey through art history For Looking for cathereena, art is about amazement, wonder, humility; the feeling that to turn a blank canvas, a piece of stone or bronze into something else, that not Would you like to proceed to the App store to download the Waterstones App?

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