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Art: A DETECTIVE STORY 7: Portraits - How and Why do they Lie?

  • 2 days ago · 7:00 PM
  • The National Gallery

                     Alessandro Baldovinetti - Portrait of a Lady in Yellow 1465


How did Leonardo da Vinci transform the ordinary housewife and mother of two into the icon of mystery which is the Mona Lisa, when other women, more distinguished and beautiful than her come across as just virtuous, shrewd or marriageable?  How did unpopular or undistinguished men come down in history as figures of valour , status and importance? 

What do marriage  portraits tell us about the perceived place of men and women in society?

We will look at the subtle ways in which artists manipulate likenesses to respond to the ideas and values of their times and the whims and vanity of their patrons.


If late , meet me in Room 58 ( blue area of the map) in front of the painting above, and make yourself known to me.

Drinks afterwards in the gallery bar

[masked] till 7 pm


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