Anna Maria van Schurman: life and works

By Gwylym Owen

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Anna Maria van Schurman (November 5, 1607 – May 4, 1678) was a Dutch painter, engraver, poet, and scholar, who is best known for her exceptional learning and her defence of female education. She was a highly educated woman, who excelled in art, music, and literature, and became clever in fourteen languages, including Latin, Greek, Hebrew, Arabic, Syriac, Aramaic, and Ethiopic, as competently as various contemporary European languages. She was in addition to the first woman to non-officially psychiatry at a Dutch university.

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