"Figuring Faith and Female Power in the Art of Rubens is a necessary and theoretically complex series of essays that weave together visual analysis, patronage studies, queer and feminist theories, artist biography, and the changing landscape of politics, religion, and art theory in the seventeenth century. [...] Although primarily aimed at art historians, Lyon’s book will also appeal to readers interested in early modern attitudes about women’s interior religious lives, sexuality, and politics."
- Saskia Beranek, Illinois State University, Early Modern Women Vol. 16 No. 2 (Spring 2022)
"This richly illustrated study remains an important intervention to studies of Rubens and gender, as Lyon succeeds in demonstrating that Rubens was ‘not only a painter of women [but] a women’s painter’ (24). Her astute methodological framework facilitates a muchneeded self-aware and sophisticated appraisal of one of the titans of Baroque art. In doing so, Lyon models how art history can compellingly engage with political and theological ideas about the multifaceted roles women undertake – both in art and in life."
- Ana Howie, Art History (2022)
"Lyon’s book represents a useful source for new perspectives on Rubens’s relation to women and the representation of the female form. Her concluding epilogue, advocating for new modes of inquiry that expand feminist methodology beyond the scope of her book, points to a growing awareness of critical race studies, intersectionality of gender and race, and Queer theory by early modern art historians that opens new and welcome approaches to the history of art."
- Marilyn Dunn, Canadian Journal of Netherlandic Studies, 41.1 (2021)