To date, the database contains information about 643 female artists of the 15th–19th centuries.
Researchers at Indiana University in Bloomington, together with the Foundation for the Promotion of Artists, created a digital collection of paintings painted by female artists in the 15th and 19th centuries. The idea of the project belongs to the American philanthropist and founder of the Advancing Women Artist Foundation, the Jane Fortune, who died in September 2018 at the age of 76 years.
The database is named “Its space” by analogy with the essay by Virginia Woolf “Own room”. The creators promise that the resource will become something of a virtual museum that will help re-enter the names of forgotten artists in history.
Fortune and her colleagues identified 2 thousand forgotten works; 61 of them restored. To date, the database contains information about 643 artists. Among them, for example, is an XVIII century Sor Juana Beatriz de la Fuente who created the The Tree of Life canvas, Renaissance artist Sofonisba Angvissola and German Anna Dorothea Therbusch, who painted rococo paintings.
AWA Foundation Director Linda Falcone told Hyperallergic in an interview that the main goal of the project is to raise awareness of museum personnel, and only then–of the general public.