Promo image: ART HISTORY DAY SCHOOL: Bad Girls: Art History’s Fiercest Femme Fatales

ART HISTORY DAY SCHOOL: Bad Girls: Art History’s Fiercest Femme Fatales

When: 18th January 2020 10.30-15.30

Date: Saturday 18th January 2020

Time: 10.30 - 15.30

Venue: Drawing Room

Cost: £45, includes tea and coffee

To book: contact Stella Lyons at [email protected]

From Eve to Salome, Cleopatra to Delilah, Medusa to Pandora, ‘bad girls’ have inspired artists throughout history. Dangerous women have always been popular subjects for painters, but certain periods saw the image of the femme fatale rise to particular prominence. Why? How do images of the femme fatale reflect the societies that produced them? How did the painters make these highly erotic works socially acceptable?

This Art History day school will explore the fiercest ‘bad girls’ in art history. Expect decapitations, betrayals, forbidden passion, and images of powerfully seductive women. We’ll look at a range of images, from the medieval period up until 20th century. Come and explore works by well-known artists including Titian, Caravaggio, Gentileschi, Rossetti, Waterhouse and Klimt, as well as lesser known but beautiful images by artists such as Bernardino Luni, Carlo Dolci and Henri Regnault. This talk is not for the faint hearted(!).


Please note, there will be a 1 hour break for lunch. Guests are free to use the café, bring their own food, or visit nearby local cafes. Guests might also like to bring a cushion to enhance their enjoyment of the day(!).


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