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Past Exhibitions: 2002

Women Who Ruled: Queens, Goddesses, Amazons 1500-1650

February 17 - May 5, 2002


By or after George Gower (English, active 1540-1596)
Portrait of Queen Elizabeth I
ca. 1588
oil on canvas
The Leicester Galleries

Women Who Ruled: Queens, Goddesses, Amazons 1500-1650 will focus on the visual representation of powerful women in the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, an exceptional time in European history, when numerous states and kingdoms were led by women. The exhibition, its interpretive materials, and its programs aim to present today's audiences with fresh ways to see and understand these Old Master images and to make them aware that today's images of woman also present a variety of messages and reflect negotiations of power. Comprised of nearly one hundred works of art from the Renaissance and Baroque periods (including paintings, prints, drawings, sculpture, and decorative arts) drawn from UMMA collections as well as major American, Canadian, and European collections, the exhibition will travel to two other venues after its run in Ann Arbor.


This exhibition is made possible by Ford Motor Company.

Additional support has been provided by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Friends of the Museum of Art, a generous anonymous donor, the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, Sheila and Steven K. Hamp, Mary Jane Helfrich, the State Street Area Association, and the following University of Michigan units: the Center for the Education of Women, the College of Literature, Science and the Arts, the Film and Video Studies Program, the History of Art Department, the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies, the Institute for the Humanities, the Institute for Research on Women and Gender, the International Institute, the Medieval and Early Modern Studies Program, the Office of the Associate Provost for Academic Affairs, the Office of the Provost, the Office of the Vice President for Research, the School of Music, the Visual Culture Program at the Institute for Research on Women and Gender, and the Women's Studies Program.