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Anaxandra (Greek: Ἀναξάνδρα; fl. 220s BC) was an ancient Greek female artist and painter from Greece.[1] She was the daughter and student of Nealkes, a painter of mythological and genre scenes.[2] She painted circa 228 B.C.[3] She is mentioned by Clement of Alexandria, the 2nd century Christian theologian, in a section of his Stromateis (Miscellanies) entitled "Women as Well as Men Capable of Perfection". Clement cites a lost work of the Hellenistic scholar Didymus Chalcenterus (1st century BC) as his source.[4]

Modern uses[edit]

Her name was given by the International Astronomical Union in 1994 to a large 20 km diameter crater on Venus to commemorate the artist.[5] The name was also used by the author Caroline B. Cooney for the principal character in her 2003 novel Goddess of Yesterday, which is set during the Trojan War.[6]

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  1. ^ Ellet, E. F. (1859). Women artists in all ages and countries. New York: Harper & Bros.
  2. ^ Smith, William (1851). A new classical dictionary of Greek and Roman biography, mythology, and geography, partly based upon the Dictionary of Greek and Roman biography and mythology. New York: Harper & Brothers. p. 163.
  3. ^ Id.
  4. ^ edited, Lucrezia Marinella ;; Panizza, translated by Anne Dunhill; introduction by Letizia (1999). The Nobility and Excellence of Women and the Defects and Vices of Men (2nd ed.). Chicago: University of Chicago Press. p. 91. ISBN 9780226505503.
  5. ^ Cattermole, Peter; Moore, Patrick (1997). Atlas of Venus (1. publ. ed.). Cambridge [u.a.]: Cambridge Univ. Press. p. 113. ISBN 0521496527.
  6. ^ Cooney, Caroline B. (2002). Goddess of yesterday. New York: Delacorte Press. ISBN 9780385729451.