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Sex and power in Habsburg and Bourbon Spain - women through the eyes of artists 

This lecture looks at the way artists depicted their female sitters in Spain from the 16th to the early 19th century.  Iconic portraits of queens, princesses and ladies-in-waiting contrast with more informal poses of a wide array of other women including dwarves, mystics, nuns, naked mistresses, flower sellers, Salon leaders, debutantes and actresses.  Personalities and power, energy, pride and occasionally boredom, are all revealed. This lecture slices through aspects of Spanish history in an original way, and is an alternative way of looking at some of Spain’s great artists.   

 

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