Erased:Redrawn. van Hemessen

Erased:Redrawn. van Hemessen

Charcoal, eraser on paper
Caterina van Hemessen (1528-c.1587) is the earliest verified female Flemish painter and is the first artist of any gender to portray themselves at an easel. She was the daughter of a painter and would have received her early training from her father, a common entry point for women wishing to paint. There are no recorded pictures painted by her after her marriage in 1554.