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The Leyster exhibit at the National Gallery of Art offers a rare opportunity to see and enjoy numerous works by this 17th-c. Dutch painter and her contemporaries, Frans Hals and jan Miense Molenaer.  Read more in the Washington Post, July 3, 2009.

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As you read W. and M. Wittkower on Gentileschi, consider the language the authors use to describe Gentileschi, her personality, career, attitude(s), art, and the “case of seduction.” How do they describe Agostino Tassi and his actions? How does the “legend” of Gentileschi compare with Vasari’s account of Properzia dei Rossi? One theme we see […]

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Clothing

Two points that came out in our discussion of clothing are: social restrictions imposed on men and women regarding the clothing and accessories they wore (sumptuary laws), and the bodily restrictions clothing imposed on the wearer. Sumptuary laws made it possible to see/recognize social hierarchies, thus maintaining the stratification of social classes. These laws also […]

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For more information, see the article by Robin Givhan in The Washington Post, September 13, C1.

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