Changing Perceptions

Women of Art and Medicine at RCPI


Changing Perceptions


Women of Art and Medicine at the RCPI

Professional bodies like the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI) have commissioned and collected portraits of notable members since the seventeenth century.

Our collection helps us tell the story of our profession and its personalities – including their class and gender. It is of little surprise that the paintings in the RCPI collection are predominantly of and by men.

This project in bringing the portraits of and by women to prominence, is an important correction and demonstrates the changing role of women in our history, in the sphere of medicine and in artistic practice.


Dr Kathryn Milligan introduces our art collection

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Women Artists

Find our about the eight women artists whose works are represented in our collections

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Women Sitters

Find our about the seven women represented in artworks in our collections

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Women Patients

Find out the stories of four of the women patients represented in our medical illustrations collection

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Press Coverage

Listen to art historian Dr Kathryn Milligan and RCPI's Keeper of Collections, Harriet Wheelock, talk to Kay Sheehy on RTE's art and culture programme Arena.

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This project has received funding from the Heritage Council