Women in the Fine Arts: From the Seventh Century B.C. to the Twentieth Century A.D.

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Houghton, Mifflin, 1904 - Women artists - 395 pages
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These biographical sketches of women artists from ancient times through the 19th century are supplemented by a sensitive and insightful introduction on the subject of women's contribution to art.

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