Karen Petersen and J. J. Wilson, Women Artists: Recognition and Reappraisal From the Early Middle Ages to the Twentieth Century, New York: Harper and Row, 1976, 212 pp. including Appendix, Notes, Bibliography, List of Illustrations, and Index. $5.95.
Although Karen Petersen and J.J. Wilson are not trained art historians, they have gathered quantities of historical information based on extensive research into a lively narrative that is a fine tribute to their training in comparative literature, and to the feminist spirit of collective research. Besides treating each of the 22 artists covered in Eleanor Tufts' Our Hidden Heritage, the authors provide similar commentary on 40 additional European and American artists, a chapter on the medieval period, sections on twentieth-century surrealists and feminists, and a chapter on women artists in China by Lorri Hagman.