Art: Myths of Sensibility

According to one legend, the art of painting was invented by a Greek potter's daughter, who traced the shadow of her swain's profile by candlelight on a cave wall. In the centuries since then, the opposite view of sexual roles in art has prevailed—namely, that the heights of creation are inaccessible to women, whose misfortune it is to possess something called a "feminine sensibility." This is largely a fantasy, akin to the one found in literature (see BOOKS). But every woman artist at work today still has to contend with it.

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