Patricia Simons - The Findley History of Art Lecture Series
"Reframing the model of the male gaze: Susanna and the voueuristic Elders"
Novemeber 7, 2019, 4:30 pm, Goldwin Smith Hall G22
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The Biblical tale of Susanna and the Elders is commonly read as a case of male voyeurism, in subject and purpose, or as mere moralizing allegory. This talk moves away from each reductive extreme by re-examining the story's history and visual effect.
Patricia Simons works on the art of Renaissance Europe (primarily Italy, France and the Netherlands) with a special focus on the representation of gender and sexuality and on interdisciplinary approaches to materiality, visuality and material culture. In groundbreaking publications in both books and major journals, she has investigated such issues as portraiture as a mode of fictive representation, medical discourse in relation to visual culture, and the representation and reception of homoeroticism.