What is art? Who is its audience? Imagine you are visiting the website of the Louvre Museum in Paris. On its main page you encounter Da Vinci's Mona Lisa. You click on it. Then you zoom in on the image and look at the details of the painting. Many factors influence your visit to the Louvre Museum and your encounter with the Mona Lisa. Why the Louvre? What do you expect to find there? What do you know about the Mona Lisa? Where does this knowledge come from? In this case, your relation to the arts is mediated by Western Art History, the field of knowledge in which the roles of the Louvre Museum as a cultural institution and the Mona Lisa as one of its masterpieces are established.
This issue of Zannegaar will look at women's contributions to artistic production.