Michelangelo, Leonardo, Van Gogh, Renoir, Cezanne… so many famous men in the history of art! But what about the women who enriched the world’s artistic legacy? For centuries, women were discouraged or even barred from pursuing a career in the arts (or any other field)—yet some gutsy women were not deterred. These famous female artists were not just “ladies who painted” but innovators who broke through the constraints of their eras, both personally and professionally. In this course, we will survey great artists through the ages who happened also to be women—and come to recognize that they fully deserve to be valued as artists alongside their male contemporaries. Some of the women we will discuss in our course include Gentileschi, O’Keefe, Le Brun, Morisot, Cassatt, Kalo—and some you perhaps have not yet met, such as Bonheur, Fontana, and Sophonisba.