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May 8, 2023 36 mins

Flemish painter Michaelina Wautier’s style was realistic and detailed, with a dark, almost somber color palette. And for a long time, she remained an unknown, even among art historians.


  • Atkins, Christopher D.M. and Jeffrey Muller, editors. “Michaelina Wautier and The Five Senses: Innovation in 17th-Century Flemish Painting.” CNA Studies. December 2022. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. 2022.
  • Atkins, Christopher and Alyssa Trejo. Email correspondence. Center for Netherlandish Art, Museum of Fine Arts Boston. 4/12/2023.
  • “Six Paintings by 17th-Century Artist Michaelina Wautier Sought by Rubens House.” 4/26/2017.
  • Dill, Vithória Konzen. “5 Things You Should Know About Michaelina Wautier.” Daily Art Magazine. 1/8/2023.
  • Esterow, Milton. “For Centuries, Her Art Was Forgotten, or Credited to Men. No More.” New York Times. 12/5/2022.
  • Kairis, Pierre-Yves. “Interview with Pierre-Yves Kairis.” MAS.
  • Kimball, Jill. “Student-curated MFA Boston exhibition spotlights long-forgotten female Flemish painter.” Brown University. 12/7/2022.
  • Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien. “Looking at the Overlooked: A live conversation on the life and work of Michaelina Woutier.” Via YouTube. 12/9/2020.
  • “Michaelina Baroque’s Leading Lady.” Exhibition pamphlet. 2018.
  • McCouat, Philip. “Forgotten Women Artists #4: Michaelina Wautier: Entering the Limelight After 300 Years.” Journal of Art in Society. 2019.
  • Museum of Fine Arts Boston. “Michaelina Wautier and ‘The Five Senses’.”
  • Needleman, Sam. “Michaelina’s Boys.” The New York Review. 3/12/2023.
  • Nordenfalk, Carl. “The Five Senses in Late Medieval and Renaissance Art.” Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes , 1985, Vol. 48 (1985). Via JSTOR.
  • Van der Stighelen, Katlijne. “CHAPTER 6 Anna Francisca de Bruyns (1604/5–1656), Artist, Wife and Mother: a Contextual Approach to Her Forgotten Artistic Career.” Women and Gender in the Early Modern Low Countries, 2019. Via JSTOR.
  • Van der Stighelen, Katlijne. “‘Doing justice to an artist no one knows is quite an undertaking’.” Apollo Magazine. 7/2/2018.
  • Van der Stighelen, Katlijne. “Michaelina Wautier 1604-1689: Glorifying a Forgotten Talent.” Rubenshuis and BAI Publishers. Translated. 2018.

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