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Renaissance Doubles

 

Program Description:

If you are feeling remote from the 16th century, Thomas More (patron saint of lawyers) and artist Hans Holbein can reacquaint you. Renaissance portraits are, in effect, two-faced, in that the faces they present to the world are undercut by disguised alternative selves. Sometimes this doubling happens as a result of mixed messages in the image or persona the sitter presents. Sometimes, it involved another person in the same picture, often a spouse or friend, but occasionally one's jester or fool, whose job was to reverse the social order. Looking at Renaissance doubles may offer some insights into the contradictions our ancestors encountered as they played out different roles on the social stage. (Host provides two slide projectors and screen).


Speaker:

David Smith

If you are feeling remote from the 16th century, Thomas More (patron saint of lawyers) and artist Hans Holbein can reacquaint you. Renaissance portraits are, in effect, two-faced, in that the faces they present to the world are undercut by disguised alternative selves. Sometimes this doubling happens as a result of mixed messages in the image or persona the sitter presents. Sometimes, it involved another person in the same picture, often a spouse or friend, but occasionally one's jester or fool, whose job was to reverse the social order. Looking at Renaissance doubles may offer some insights into the contradictions our ancestors encountered as they played out different roles on the social stage. (Host provides two slide projectors and screen).

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