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Victorian women artists’ works are often omitted from accounts of nineteenth-century art, leaving an incomplete and damaged picture of artistic developments. Women artists of the period remain largely misunderstood as incidental artists whose work is considered secondary to, and imitative of, their better-known male counterparts.

Aglaia (née Ionides) Coronio (1834-1906), Maria (née Cassavetti) Zambaco (1843-1914) and Marie (née Spartali) Stillman (1843-1927) were women artists who lived and worked within a vortex of artists associated with the Holland Park Circle and prominent Greek family the Ionides. In their paradigmatic cases Victorian women artists' works variously developed, critiqued and enabled that of their male predecessors and contemporaries - Edward Burne-Jones, Ford Maddox Brown, Alphonse Legros, William Morris and Dante Gabriel Rossetti - , and vice versa. This online exhibition and research resources site, a legacy of Dr. Katie Tyreman Herrington's AHRC funded collaborative Cultural Engagement project, undertaken for the Humanities Research Centre and Department of History of Art at the University of York and the Victoria & Albert Museum, offers spectators a rare opportunity to engage in detail with these Victorian women artists’ paintings, sculptures, textiles and costume designs together and in relation to works by their male counterparts.

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The Exhibition

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Three Graces in York

The Three Graces

Three Graces Familiar, Social and Artistic Connections Tree

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About the project

Three Graces and the V&A Podcast

Sketches for Coronio's Costumes