The Early Modern Visual Culture Seminar returns for 2010.
Eugene Barilo von Reisberg
‘Garters and Petticoats’: Winterhalter’s 1843 Portraits of Victoria and Albert
What does official royal iconography tell us? What messages does it communicate about the sitters – and from the sitters? This paper deconstructs two official portraits of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert painted by Franz Xaver Winterhalter (1805-1873) in 1843. It outlines the complex semantic layering within this pair of British royal portraits, and explores in particular the emphasis on Prince Albert’s newly-acquired ‘Englishness’ and the notion of an iconographic ‘gender reversal’ within the context of traditional marital pendants.
March 8 2010 6.30pm
Room 150 Elisabeth Murdoch Building, Parkville Campus
Please RSVP Mark Shepheard (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you plan to join us for dinner in Lygon Street afterwards.
For further details on Eugene’s research on Winterhalter please visit his website http://www.bvram.com/WH/WH.html