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The Art of Presentation: Portraits of (Famous) Women

Creating the likeness of women has intrigued artists and fascinated art lovers for centuries. How to depict a woman? In this course, we will look at the wide range of possibilities, from the most famous portrait—Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa— to ultra-contemporary photography, including self-portraits, mythological portraits, portraits in disguise, heroic and state portraits, famous sitters, mistresses, queens, and notorious ladies. Which concepts were important: beauty and grace, eroticism and motherhood, intellect and fame, tragedy and notoriety, nonchalance and sprezzatura, fashion, or simply the je ne sais quoi? This course will examine works by Raphael, Dürer, Boucher, Ingres, Singer Sargent, Picasso, Lempicka, Warhol, Hockney, Sherman, and Leibovitz, among others.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • Familiarity with famous portraits of women, from the Renaissance to today
  • An understanding of the cultural and historical contexts that have influenced how women are depicted

Ideal for

  • Art enthusiasts
  • Prospective and practicing arts professionals
NO open sections available for this course at the moment. Please check back next semester.

    • Section

    • Semester

      Summer 2021
    • Date

      Jul 1 - Jul 29
    • Day

    • Time

      • Online
    • Format

      • Online
    • Sessions

    • Faculty

      Wilson, Sabine
    • Location

      Instructor Led
    Tuition $499