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Lecture 5


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University of Guelph
Art History
ARTH 3220
Alla Myzelev

Lecture 5 Sept. 20. 2012 Assignment: Over weekend look at syllabus, and start thinking about for the assignment. Which country would you like, and have 6 sides? Midterm: more than one exam on same day talk to prof Journals: 1st 2 are summaries; write draft and give it to her, if unsure Paintings of Elizabeth I Armada Portrait 1588 Process of looking at ourselves in a mirror we realize we are separate from others How does that work with Elizabeth and her representation? Paintings are like this because they show the idealized person, it is idealized showing you as a person in time, In this they are showing her as a divinity, outside the universe of the changing, always one with England – part of a different layer of experience She doesn’t need to be represented realistically cause she’s outside of that. The idea of and what is seen and who you are as a person doesn’t really fit – b/c when you are looking it is outside the reality . She isn’t fragmented, she is augmented Mirror - separation between child/mother - seeing self - separated from everyone else - looking into mirror showing queen in specific light, outside universe of changing body queen outside real of society Marie Antoinette - 1787 - wife of a king - represented differently, role of mother. Nurturing, conventional dress - created to help her popularity 1783 - 2nd portrait - not shown as queen represents herself as 'other' Elizabth Louise Vigee-Lebrune, Marie Antoinette and her Children Represented very different, placed into the role as mother above all Wife of a king. She is an attribute of the king. Beautiful and conventional high class clothing, a mother of the future king La Reine en Gaulle, 1783 Portrait of Antoinette, unpopular Looks very different She doesn’t look like a queen, she looks like an average person Escaped the limitations of the court Represents herself as the other in this Petit Hameau She married very young, 14 Incredible formality of the court was hard on her, when she got her bearings and had a child, she was able to start asking for what she wanted She got Petit Hameau (a little british farm, pretended to be a shepardist) which was be- hind Petit Trianon (love temple, and on the other side of the palace) which she asked for She was considered the other, she wasn’t part of the royalty and it was understood Karen notes: Petit Trianon - built small farm on property to escape - made public angry Elizabeth II Appears more feminine and human / relaxed - create human connection - dressed as a queen Understood by us Looking directly at us The times, 21st c. Doesn’t have the need to justify herself because she’s not the first Small similarities are the femininity – formal yet informal Same authoritative feel, little more human She’s sitting - there is the lack of dominance over the audience We see no actual symbolism, there was no need to show this because her authority was not as present because of the parliaments existence Yet there is still this representation of the monarchy Still loaded with the different symbols – she projects the idea of purity Q: ** What does the British Monarchy try to project? What type of message do we get? - more accessible to the public - part of us instead of separate from us Progressively part of the public Actively out and about becoming celebrity
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