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Reading Portraits: Decoding Dress, Deportment and Decor in Old Master Art

11 January, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Jeanne Antoinette Poisson, Marquise de Pompadour, may be best known as King Louis XV's Chief Mistress. But she was also a highly educated tastemaker, a patron of the arts, and an artist in her own right

Explore sartorial signals from Old Master European portraits.  Nowhere was dress more important than in the European courts, where it could be a passport to success.  In this richly illustrated lecture, we will examine the meanings encoded in European portraits ranging from the 1530s to the 19th century.  From Holbein’s large and miniature portrayals to ladies and gentlemen depicted on the Grand Tour, we will consider how clothing offered clues to status.  The Rococo clothing of Madame de Pompadour will be evaluated to determine how she and her artists controlled her image.  We will end with a consideration of Ingres’ masterful depiction of Mme Moitessier.

Our lecturer, Jacqui Ansell, obtained her MA in History of Dress from the Courtauld Institute and tutors at Christie’s Education.

Please arrive at 1:00pm for a 1:15 start, we aim to finish at 3:00pm but may go to 3:15; there will be a coffee break in the middle.

Co-listed with Antiques and Design.

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