The Story of Art without Men

The Story of Art without Men

The instant Sunday Times bestseller


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How many women artists do you know? Who makes art history? Did women even work as artists before the twentieth century? And what is the Baroque anyway?

Discover the glittering Sofonisba Anguissola of the Renaissance, the radical work of Harriet Powers in the nineteenth-century USA and the artist who really invented the Readymade. Explore the Dutch Golden Age, the astonishing work of post-War artists in Latin America and the women artists defining art in the 2020s. Have your sense of art history overturned, and your eyes opened to many art forms often overlooked or dismissed. From the Cornish coast to Manhattan, Nigeria to Japan, this is the history of art as it's never been told before.

© Katy Hessel 2022 (P) Penguin Audio 2022


  • Katy Hessel is a brilliant chronicler of the overlooked. I am so thrilled this book exists as an empowering, enlightening guide to the unforgettable vision of these brilliant artists. Essential reading
    Elizabeth Day

About the author

Katy Hessel

Katy Hessel is an art historian, broadcaster and curator dedicated to celebrating female artists. The founder of @thegreatwomenartists on Instagram and the podcast of the same name, she writes a fortnightly column in the Guardian, is a fellow of Cambridge University and a Trustee of Charleston. She has lectured at the National Gallery and Guggenheim, and presented programmes for the BBC.
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