Lecture 5 Sept. 20. 2012
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
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
- 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
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
Petit Trianon - built small farm on property to escape
- made public angry
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