Date of Award

Spring 5-13-2020

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Art & Art History

First Advisor

Maria Loh

Second Advisor

Susanna Cole

Academic Program Adviser

Antonella Pelizzari


Judith Leyster’s innovative application of expression in her Self Portrait serves as the focus, whereby she is shown to blend conventional painting categories, preserve a sense of innocence, and confidently flaunt her skills. In turn, Leyster challenged the male-centric art market and stood apart from her artistic predecessors and contemporaries.



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