After learning about Dutch painter Clara Peeters while traveling in Europe in the 1960s, Wilhelmina Holladay, NMWA’s founder, looked up the artist in Janson’s History of Art. She referenced Janson’s because she understood that it was a classic, widely used survey of Western art. However, not only was Peeters not listed, there were no women included in the textbook at all. In fact, female artists made their Janson’s debut in 1986—a year before NMWA opened its doors on New York Avenue.
Now in its eighth edition, the cover of Janson’s Basic History of Western Art features the work of Artemisia Gentileschi. But how many women are inside? Correctly guess the number of women artists currently included in Janson’s and win a Tiny Folio, a gift book featuring highlights from NMWA’s permanent collection!
Submissions may be made by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Submissions must be received by 5 p.m. EST on Tuesday, June 21. The winner will be selected at random from all correct entries.
—Elizabeth Keaney is the assistant educator at the National Museum of Women in the Arts