Seminar | Visual Manipulation and Auto/Biography | Sydney Intellectual History Network

Visual Manipulation and Auto/Biography

Madame, Elizabeth Charlotte of the Palatinate, Duchess of Orléans, in Hunting Dress by Louis-Ferdinand Elle, 1673 Deutsches Historisches Museum, Berlin

The first seminar for 2014 in Auto/Biography and History series sponsored by the Global Sensibilities Group within the Sydney Intellectual History Network at the University of Sydney.

Barbara Gaehtgens | 1643 or How to Represent the Queen’s New Power?

Mark De Vitis | Madame as the Marquise: The Politics of Making a Mockery at the Court of Louis XIV

This seminar will combine the work of two art historians researching the visual self-representation of royal woman at the French court during the seventeenth century. Dr Gaehtgens (an independent scholar based at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles) explores how Anne of Austria used multiplied images as visual propaganda to change her image from a widowed queen to a self-assured regent. In turn, Dr De Vitis (National Art School) considers the theatrical performances of Elizabeth Charlotte as substantive acts of socio-political critique, calculated and incisive. Discussion will focus on how the visual – in prints and performance – can be conceived as a form of writing biography.

Date: 3-5pm, Tuesday 25th February, 2014

Venue: Kevin Lee Room, Level 6, Lobby H, Quadrangle Building, University Place, The University of Sydney

For catering purposes and seating RSVP to Elia Mamprin by Thursday February 20 2014