The Art of the Baroque

Judith Leyster (1609-1660)

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Like Artemisia Gentileschi, Judith Leyster is a re-discovered female artist who was known and appreciated in her own lifetime (1609-1660.) Until recently, art historians attributed her work to Franz Hals (Mataev). She may have been Hals' pupil and possibly godmother to his daughter Maria ("Judith Leyster"). In her own right, however, Leyster was the first woman to earn membership in the Haarlem Guild of St. Luke (Harden). In 1630 or 1635, she painted a self-portrait.

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Judith Leyster is presently (2009) the subject of an exhibition at the National Gallery of Art in New York. The influence of Franz Hals is clearly evident in the collection, as seen here in Serenade from 1629. She often signed her works with a star, a pun on her name, "ley ster" or "lode star" (Harden).

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For more on Judith Leyster, visit The New York Times slide show



Harden, Mark. "Judith Leyster." The Artchive. Online available.
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"Judith Leyster." Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Online available.
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Mataev, Anna, Olga, Yuri, Sergey. "Judith Leyster." Olga's Gallery. Online available.
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Rosenberg, Karen. "A Woman's Short but Sweet Career in the 17th Century."
The New York Times, July 23, 2009. See slide show