Reading, Writing and Representing: A Tale of Three Women
Thursday, April 11, 5:15 p.m.
Hope School of Fine Arts, room 102
In Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun’s stunning Portrait of Mrs. Chinnery, the celebrated painter and her subject, a patroness of the arts, interact symbolically with the influential writer Stéphanie de Genlis, whose manuscript Margaret Chinnery holds. Through a visual analysis of the image, combined with a reading of the artist’s memoirs, the sitter’s letters, and the writings of Madame de Genlis, this lecture by Mary D. Sheriff explores the portrait as a narrative of the relations among three distinguished women. Mary Sheriff is author of The Exceptional Woman: Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun and the Cultural Politics of Art (1996) and is the W.R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of Art History at the University of North Carolina.