In an oft-quoted letter from 29 July 1782 to Fanny Burney, Edmund Burke comments on how he lives ‘in an age distinguished by producing extraordinary women.’ Burke has proved his powers of foresight, for it is difficult to speak of the 18th century without mention of at least one woman who made a significant impact on European history. How were so many women able to step beyond their
conventional roles and cause those such as Burke to take notice?
This session will explore the development/creation of women’s social images through art in the 18th century. What were the relationships between social and visual images of women? Of particular interest is how art conveyed women’s roles in the social spectrum. This session will consider women’s relationship in the fierce social arena of the 18th century, and the role art played within it.
Paper abstracts are invited for submission for this 2013 Association of Art Historians Conference academic session, held at the University of Reading.
Please submit abstracts of no more than 250 words to either Heather Carroll (H.N.Carroll@sms.ed.ac.uk) or Lauren Puzier (L.Puzier@sothebysinstitute.com) by 9 October 2012.
Please visit http://18thcsocialarena.wordpress.com for submission details.
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