The exhibition Heroines looks at the depiction of women in active roles and at the gender identity crisis in western art. It covers a broad chronological span, from the Renaissance to the present day. In western art, women have all too often been reduced to two prevailing, complementary models; that of mother or that of the object of sexual desire. Other, parallel roles have, however, arisen, in which the female figure has liberated herself from a passive, submissive position in order to become an active subject. Such roles include hunting and athletics exercise, war, political power, and magic and religion, among others. Lone Women, Caryatids, Maenads, Hunters, Amazons, Sibyls and Sorceresses, Martyrs and Mystics, and Women Painters before the Mirror are the titles of the eight sections into which the exhibition is organised, offering a thematic survey of the depiction of woman as active subject.
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