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What's New about Old Women?

Posted By Frima Fox Hofrichter, Tuesday, May 17, 2016

 (For Consideration by HNA)

The subject of Old Age and specifically that of Old Women has recently become a newly explored field of historical and as well as sociological research. And images of aged women in the Early Modern Period in Northern Europe (c.1450-1700) have been studied where before they were ignored or overlooked. Numerous examples of old women can be found in portraits, genre and mythological paintings as well as in prints and drawings. Women with wrinkled faces and rheumy eyes were executed major artists: Dürer, La Tour, Rembrandt, Frans Hals, Rubens and many more. It appears that images of old women, although often overlooked in the literature, were ubiquitous.

This session will explore artists who painted them—and why.  What meaning did they have? Who were these women? Was there a market for such images? What was the intellectual or even common opinion about old women or images of them?

Please send title, 150 word abstract and 150 word bio to Frima Fox Hofrichter ffhofric@pratt.edu by May 23. Please alert me to your interest any time before then.

Tags:  Art History  Cultural History  Early Modern Women  Gender  Genre  Portraiture 

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