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Portraiture and Risk

Inaugural lecture by Professor Melissa Percival

A Department of Modern Languages lecture
Date4 October 2018
Time17:30 to 18:30
PlaceStreatham Court Old C

This lecture will be followed by a drinks reception from 6.30 – 8.00pm in Streatham Court.

Portraiture tends to be regarded as a conservative genre, its purposes being to reinforce the status quo, consolidate power and mitigate absence or death. Conversely this lecture considers ways in which portraits can disrupt social and aesthetic norms even within pre-modern systems of patronage. Risk-taking by sitters and artists is explored through a range of portraits, primarily from eighteenth-century France. At this time of Enlightenment the emergence of capitalist society coincided with new philosophical ideas on human agency.


ProviderDepartment of Modern Languages
Registration informationAll are welcome to attend. To book a space, please RSVP to: humanities-deans-office@exeter.ac.uk or 01392 7263
Attachments
Purple_poster_Melissa_Percival.pdf (9866K)

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