Stefanie Reichelt  photography and prints
renaissance women

2012: Renaissance Women of Cambridge
“Off I fly, careering far
In chase of Pollys, prettier far
Than any of their namesakes are –
The Polymaths and Polyhistors,
Polyglots and all their sisters.”
– In ‘Devil Among Scholars’, Thomas Moore (1779 – 1852)

The project, ‘2012: Renaissance Women of Cambridge’, celebrates the gifted and versatile ‘universal’ women of Cambridge.

These women are scientists and artists established in their fields and beautifully confident in their pursuits. They are innovative, intelligent and feel at ease in broad intellectual landscapes. The photographic series depicts these ’polymaths’ in their natural habitat as they carry a quiet confidence and playfulness into it, be it a laboratory, workshop, studio or garden.

Renaissance woman in 1486 was a woman who married a renaissance man, a man who had broad intellectual interests and was accomplished in areas of both the arts and the sciences. In 2012, a modern renaissance woman is a woman who has broad intellectual interests and is accomplished in areas of both the arts and the sciences.

The renaissance women are:
Deanna Tyson, Ottoline Lyser, Heidi Lichterman, Jan Ayton, Fiona Thomas, Elspeth Owen, Tess Recordon, Jane Goodall, Rebecca Ilett