Today’s Google Doodle celebrates the work and life of Judith Leyster, a 17th-century painter and a central figure in the Dutch Golden Age.
On this day in 2009, the National Gallery of Art and the Frans Hals Museum held exhibitions honoring her legacy.
Although her work was highly regarded by her contemporaries, Leyster and her work were all but forgotten after her death.
It was not until the late 19th century that her artistic legacy was recognized after it was discovered that much of her work had been misattributed to male artists for decades.
Who is Judith Leyster?
Leyster was born in 1609 in Haarlem, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
When the poet Samuel Ampzing visited Haarlem to document the city in 1628, he described the 19-year-old Leyster as a painter of “good and keen insight”, according to Google’s Doodle archive.
Her first known painting, “Serenade and Jolly Topper”, was painted in 1629. She signed it with a distinct monogram: “JL” crossed with a star – a nod to her surname.
The artist painted various works, including portraits and still lifes. She became one of the first women to be admitted to Harrlem’s prestigious painters’ guild. She also set up her own studio and taught students.
Leyster’s work was erased from history when art scholars later confused her paintings with those of her male contemporaries.
“Misogyny and a forged signature led art dealers to falsely attribute their paintings to male artists for decades,” according to the Google Doodle archive.
Finally, in 1892, an observer noticed a star badge on one of Leyster’s paintings in the Louvre and noted that it did not match the male artist’s signature.
Since then, art scholars have identified more than 30 of Leyster’s masterpieces previously attributed to men.
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