10 Famous Paintings of Women and the History Behind Them

Famous Paintings of Women, Unsplash

Women are always a source of inspiration throughout the arts. Whether just exploring the female body through portraits, or reflecting on their role in society through composition and accessories, women in paintings are adored and discussed throughout history.

But what are the most famous paintings of women? There are several that come to mind, like the Mona Lisa or the Whistler’s Mother. So let’s dive into famous paintings of women that you might have seen when looking up famous art pieces and the history behind making them.

10. Portrait of Madame X by John Singer Sargent (1884)

John Singer Sargent, The Met

9. The Crystal Ball by John William Waterhouse (1902)

John William Waterhouse

8. Whistler’s Mother by James McNeill Whistler (1871)

James McNeill Whistler, Britannica

7. Self-Portrait as the Allegory of Painting by Artemisia Gentileschi (1639)

Artemisia Gentileschi, Royal Collection Trust

6. The Kiss by Gustav Klimt (1907)

Gustav Klimt, Belvedere

5. The Cup of Tea by Mary Cassatt (1881)

Mary Cassatt, Met Museum

4. Woman with a Parasol by Claude Monet (1875)

Claude Monet, National Gallery of Art

3. Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer (1665)

Johannes Vermeer, Mauritshuis

2. Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci (1506)

Leonardo da Vinci, Louvre

1. Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli (1485)

Sandro Botticelli, Uffizi

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