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Pre-Raphaelite Women: Madonnas, Magdalens and the Femme Fatale

1.30 pm  Monday  October 7th  2019

This talk explores the role of women in mid Victorian England through Pre-Raphaelite paintings. This talk poses the possibility that the chaste image of domesticated femininity, “the angel in the house,” needed the Fallen Woman, cast out from the domestic hearth into outer darkness, to complete her role. The femme fatale emerges in the 1860s, when a series of Pre-Raphaelite paintings feature their famous models as unattainable sirens full of distant allure, often shrouded in medieval myth; an imaginary world where men were either strengthened by women’s faith and courage or beguiled by their false enchantments. These roles are explored in relation to the Victorian social history of the period.

Lecturer:  Daphne Lawson has an MA by Research and Thesis from the University of Canterbury on Degas’s Public and Private Spectacle and a BA in Art History from London University. Since 1994, until she retired, she was the full time Art History Lecturer for the BISC, Herstmonceux Castle, East Sussex, the European Campus of Queen’s University, Ontario, Canada.  Her first career was as an actress. She was trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama and worked in theatre, film and television as an actress

Date and Time:  1.30 pm  October 7st. 2019

Venue:  The Assembly Rooms, Bennett Street Bath

Visitors welcome £10 at the door (No Booking required)

The Arts Society, Bath is a member of The Arts Society, an Art Education Charity