Gender and Sexuality in Early Modern European Art

Thursday, May 6, 2021 4 – 5 pm

University of Chicago
5550 S. Greenwood
Chicago, IL 60637

Thursday, May 6, 4 pm CT • RSVP

Join Jill Burke (University of Edinburgh) and Patricia Simons (University of Michigan) for a nuanced investigation into the construction of gender-based narratives and power dynamics in early modern European art.

Many of the works in the Smart Museum of Art’s exhibition Lust, Love, and Loss in Renaissance Europe feature dramatic stories of feminine exemplars drawn from biblical texts, mythology, and ancient history. Simons and Burke will explore how representations of these female subjects—most often created by male artists—shaped and reflected the political, religious, and cultural upheavals of the era. In conversation with the exhibition curator, Nora Lambert, our panelists will also consider how these artworks continue to elicit powerful responses in their viewers today.