Lecture: Andrew Shelton "Coquettes, Lorettes and 'Les Grandes Horizontales': Representations of Sexualized Women in Nineteenth-Century French Visual Culture"

  • 7:30 PM–8:30 PM

116 Art Building West
141 N. Riverside Drive, Iowa City

This lecture will explore the rich history of representations of sexualized women in nineteenth-century French print media, focusing on the work of one of the earliest specialists in this theme, the Romantic-era lithographer Achille Devéria (1800–1857). While much of this imagery was blatantly objectifying and served ultimately to advance the rapidly solidifying codification of contemporary femininity into the binary of harlot/housewife, a careful examination of Devéria’s images and the varied perspectives of those who originally consumed them provides the basis for more complex and nuanced readings of representations of women in nineteenth-century French art.

Andrew Shelton is a professor of Art History at The Ohio State University. He has written extensively on J.A.D. Ingres and gender and fashion in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century France. His current project is a book titled Achille Devéria: Art, Identity, and Commerce in Early Nineteenth-Century Paris.

Cost: Free

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