Two Women Artists of 17th Century Europe. Around the year 1600, two women were born…..16 years and about 1000 miles apart. Artemisia Gentileschi in Italy, and Judith Leyster in the Netherlands. These women would become accomplished painters, esteemed and rewarded, emblematic of the best art of their historic eras….the Italian Baroque and the Dutch Golden Age. While they achieved fame and success in their lifetimes, their fame did not last. Their works were lost or attributed to other artists over the centuries, until their respective rediscoveries in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Elaine will talk about the sources of their very different styles, why they disappeared from art history, and how we might interpret their rehabilitation.