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Portraits as Accessories and Accessories in Portraits
Thursday, 10 January 2013 at 19:00 (GMT)
London, United Kingdom
10 January 2013, 19:00
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Art historian Marcia Pointon explores the role of accessories in creating identity. From shiny shoes and well fitted stockings, to portraits emblazoned on t-shirts or hidden in lockets, how important are these small details?
We may expect a sitter's identity to be shown through their facial features, but there is also a good chance that for contemporary viewers, other small details may have been equally important. How does an accessory, that extra touch to an outfit, help us consider the importance of the small details in a portrait? How do small-scale portraits in lockets, brooches, rings or t-shirts, work as a way of marking out an identity?
Marcia Pointon is Professor Emeritus in History of Art at the University of Manchester and Hon. Research Fellow at the Courtauld Institute of Art. She works as an independent scholar and research consultant. She has held many Fellowships including at the National Portrait Gallery where she was Leverhulme Research Fellow in 2008. Her most recent book is Portrayal: the search for identity, with other titles including Hanging the Head: Portraiture and Social Formation in Eighteenth-century England and Brilliant Effects: A Cultural History of Gem Stones and Jewellery, which won the Historians of British Art Book Prize in 2011.
Frederick North, 2nd Earl of Guilford by Pompeo Batoni, 1753-1756
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