25 Paintings Around the Theme of Women in Art

After a sterling crusade in the late 20th century that spearheaded the feminist movement, women became more enamored and involved in the world of art. Both as a collector of art and as an artist as well, this emergence started giving credence to the women’s increasing role in both art historical discourse and artistic production.

This article covers 25 paintings about the theme of Women in Art. Throughout the centuries, women have been involved in many art forms that include creating artwork, as a critic and contributor. Many artists like Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, Titian, and Leonardo da Vinci made many famous paintings depicting Women in Art.

Madame Moitessier by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres

Women in Art depicted by Madame Moitessier
Madame Moitessier by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres

Madame Moitessier is a painting produced by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres in 1856. The French painter painted first versions of Madame Moitessier in 1851 in which she’s shown standing. When Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres was approached for a portrait of Madame Moitessier, he was off struck by the beauty of her.

The Sistine Madonna by Raphael

Women in Art depicted by The Sistine Madonna
The Sistine Madonna by Raphael

The Sistine Madonna is a painting produced by Raphael in 1512. Giorgio Vasari was quoted saying that this painting is a truly rare and extraordinary work of Raphael. The dimension of the painting were 265 cm by 196 cm.

Portrait of Princesse de Broglie by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres

Women in Art depicted by Portrait of Princesse de Broglie
Portrait of Princesse de Broglie by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres

Portrait of Princesse de Broglie is a painting produced by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres in 1853. Pauline Eleonore de Broglie represents Princesse de Broglie which was painted by the french painter in this painting and she was Viscountess Haussonville’s beautiful sister.

Grande Odalisque by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres

Women in Art depicted by Grande Odalisque
Grande Odalisque by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres

Grande Odalisque is a painting produced by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres in 1814. This painting by the french artist was widely criticized by the public and critics when it was first exhibited. Une Odalisque or La Grande Odalisque were other well known names of this painting.

Virgin of the Rocks by Leonardo da Vinci

Women in Art depicted by Virgin of the Rocks
Virgin of the Rocks by Leonardo da Vinci

Virgin of the Rocks is a painting produced by Leonardo da Vinci between 1483 and 1486. Madonna of the Rocks was also a similar painting but with several significant details being different. This painting can be viewed at The Louvre in Paris.

Venus of Urbino by Titian

Women in Art depicted by Venus of Urbino
Venus of Urbino by Titian

Venus of Urbino is a painting produced by Titian in 1538. This painting was commissioned by Guidobaldo II della Rovere who was the Duke of Urbino. He wanted to gift this painting to his wife to celebrate his marriage.

Annunciation by Leonardo Da vinci

Women in Art depicted by Annunciation
Annunciation by Leonardo Da vinci

Annunciation is a painting produced by Leonardo Da vinci between 1472 and 1475. This painting is well known painting by Vinci who executed this painting with his own hand after the workshop of his master Andrea del Verrocchio.

Diana and Actaeon by Titian

Women in Art depicted by Diana and Actaeon
Diana and Actaeon by Titian

Diana and Actaeon is a painting produced by Titian between 1556 and 1559. This painting was acquired from The Bridgewater Collection by The National Gallery of London and The National Gallery of Scotland for 50 million Euros. This painting can be viewed at National Gallery in London.

Assumption of Virgin by Titian

Women in Art depicted by Assumption of Virgin
Assumption of Virgin by Titian

Assumption of Virgin is a large painting produced by Titian between 1516 and 1518. This painting is the largest work that could be found in the whole city of Venice. This painting can be viewed at Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari in Venice.

A bar at the Folies Bergere by Edouard Manet

A bar at the Folies Bergere by Edouard Manet

A bar at the Folies Bergere is a painting produced by Edouard Manet in 1882. This painting is the last major work of Eduard Manet and he exhibited this painting in 1882 at Paris Salon. Emmanuel Chabrier was neighbour of Manet and it is believed that this painting represents her.

Nana by Edouard Manet

Nana by Edouard Manet

Nana is a painting produced by Edouard Manet in 1877. The french painter sent this painting for exhibition in 1877 but the jury of the exhibition refused to exhibit it. This painting can be viewed at Kunsthalle Hamburg in Hamburg.

Woman Reading by Edouard Manet

Women in Art depicted by Woman Reading
Woman Reading by Edouard Manet

Woman Reading is a painting produced by Edouard Manet in 1879. This painting depicts a woman who is seating in a cafe which may be outside while she was dressed fashionably. The Art Institute of Chicago acquired this painting in 2000.

In the Conservatory by Edouard Manet

In the Conservatory by Edouard Manet

In the Conservatory is a painting produced by Edouard Manet between 1878 and 1879. This painting was purchased by The Nationalgalerie in Berlin and was the first to do so. This painting can be viewed at Alte Nationalgalerie in Berlin.

Little Machine Constructed by Minimax Dadamax in Person by Max Ernst

Little Machine Constructed by Minimax Dadamax in Person by Max Ernst

Little Machine Constructed by Minimax Dadamax in Person is a painting produced by Max Ernst between 1919 and 1920. This painting by the German artist is based on the diagrams of scientific instruments. This painting can be viewed at Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy.

Cabaret Scene by Salvador Dali

Women in Art depicted by Cabaret Scene
Cabaret Scene by Salvador Dali

Cabaret Scene is a painting produced by Salvador Dali in 1922. This painting has a cubical influence and because of this, the painting was known as the most famous work of Salvador Dali. This painting is owned by a private collection at Francois Petit in Paris.

The Great Masturbator by Salvador Dali

Women in Art depicted by The Great Masturbator
The Great Masturbator by Salvador Dali

The Great Masturbator is a painting produced by Salvador Dali in 1929. The Spanish painter wanted that this painting should be kept in this museum as a personal collection. This painting can be viewed at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid.

The Gleaners by Jean François Millet

Women in Art depicted by The Gleaners
The Gleaners by Jean François Millet

The Gleaners is a painting produced by Jean François Millet in 1857. The Gleaners was a manufacturing company and it is believed that the name was derived from it. The scene depicts three women gleaning the grains of wheat.

Girl With a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer

Women in Art depicted by Girl With a Pearl Earring
Girl With a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer

Girl With a Pearl Earring is a painting produced by Johannes Vermeer around 1665. One of the most famous works by the Dutch artist and was widely known as the Girl with a Turban. This painting can be viewed at Mauritshuis in The Hague, Netherlands.

When Will You Marry by Eugene Henri Paul Gauguin

Women in Art depicted by When Will You Marry
When Will You Marry by Eugene Henri Paul Gauguin

When Will You Marry is a painting produced by Eugene Henri Paul Gauguin in 1892. Well known paintings of the french painter and this painting was sold to Emirate of Qatar for 300 million dollars. This painting can be viewed at The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C.

The Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli

Women in Art depicted by The Birth of Venus
The Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli

The Birth of Venus is a painting produced by Alessandro di Mariano di Vanni Filipepi, known as Sandro Botticelli around 1480s. This painting is regarded as the first non-religious nude and the most famous painting by Sandro Botticelli.

The Wheat Sifters by Gustave Courbet

Women in Art depicted by The Wheat Sifters
The Wheat Sifters by Gustave Courbet

The Wheat Sifters is a painting produced by Gustave Courbet in 1854. The Young Ladies of the Village was another painting with similar theme and scene. This painting can be viewed at Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nantes in Nantes.

The Railway by Edouard Manet

Women in Art depicted by The Railway
The Railway by Edouard Manet

The Railway is a painting produced by Edouard Manet in 1873. Victorine Meurent was the first choice model of Edouard Manet and this painting was her last depiction by Manet. Olympia and The Luncheon on the Grass were Victorine Meurent previous works.

Ginevra de’ Benci by Leonardo da Vinci

Women in Art depicted by Ginevra de’ Benci
Ginevra de’ Benci by Leonardo da Vinci

Ginevra de’ Benci is a portrait painting produced by Leonardo da Vinci between 1474 and 1478. In this US, paintings of Leonardo da vinci are rare and this painting is one of the paintings that are publicly shown. This painting can be viewed at National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C.

Bacchus and Ariadne by Titian

Women in Art depicted by Bacchus and Ariadne
Bacchus and Ariadne by Titian

Bacchus and Ariadne is a painting produced by Titian between 1522 and 1523. This painting is well known as one of the prominent masterpieces of Titian. This painting tells the story of Ariadne and Crete and this painting could be viewed at The National Gallery in London.

Coronation of the Virgin by Fra Angelico

Women in Art depicted by Coronation of the Virgin
Coronation of the Virgin by Fra Angelico

Coronation of the Virgin is a painting produced by Fra Angelico in 1432. The subject of this painting was one of the most common subjects during 14th to 18th century. This painting can be viewed at Uffizi Gallery in Florence.

Because we live in a fortunate time of history when women can now freely participate and become creators of art, we should further appreciate and celebrate their continuous contributions by being more supportive and constantly on the lookout for that next great woman artist.

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