Arts Society Huddersfield

Arts Society Huddersfield / Events / Thu 19 May 2022

Mona Lisa and other housewives

Mona Lisa and other housewives

The Mona Lisa and Other Housewives: How Portraits Lie About Their sitters by Lydia Bauman.

How did Leonardo transform the ordinary housewife and mother of two into the icon of mystery which is the Mona Lisa, when other women, more distinguished and beautiful than her, come across as just virtuous, or shrewd, or marriageable? How did unpopular or undistinguished men come down in history as figures of valour, status or importance? What do marriage portraits tell us about the perceived place of men and women in society?

We will look at the subtle ways in which artists manipulate likenesses to respond to the ideas and values of their times and the whims and vanities of their patrons.

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Event Location

University of Huddersfield

The lecture starts at 7.30pm. Please be seated 10 minutes before in

Room SJG/11
Spärck Jones Building
University of Huddersfield

Telephone: 07789 696 271

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