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Subversive Beauty: Women Breaking the Rules – Session 1

February 23, 2021 @ 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm EST

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$12.00 – $30.00


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These three talks look at historical women navigating the art world. Stepping into the public sphere of business, marketing, and meeting and shaping taste, each of these women carefully navigated her world to ultimately achieve success.

Session 1: The Pre-Raphaelites and Marie Spartali Stillman
Tues. Feb. 23 @ 2:30– 3:45pm EST

The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood (PRBs) rebelled against an art world that evaluated quality based on conventional techniques established in the Renaissance. Spurred by cultural critic John Ruskin, these young British artists sought a return to more ‘natural’ expression, as created before the artist Raphael. Their late 19th century work frequently depicted women, revealing surprisingly traditional ideas given their revolutionary creators. Come learn how these artists told stories through their art, both literary and about their contemporary world. See also how one woman, Marie Spartali Stillman, established herself, working both within the group and through her own voice.

Also in the series:

Session 2: The Red Rose Girls
Tues. Mar. 2 @ 2:30– 3:45pm ET

Session 3: Three Powerhouse Women Shape the Art World
Tues. Mar. 9 @ 2:30– 3:45pm ET

All lectures on Zoom at 2:30-3:45pm EST 

About Rena Tobey:

Rena Tobey’s greatest passion is making art accessible, invigorating, insightful, and fun. She teaches art history at NYU’s School for Professional Studies, conducts lively, interactive tours of museum exhibitions, and provides talks on American art for community organizations. Just for fun, she created Artventures!® Game–a cheeky party game on the adventures of art and art history.


February 23, 2021
2:30 pm - 3:45 pm EST
$12.00 – $30.00
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