Portraiture and Risk - Inaugural Lecture by Professor Melissa Percivallecture Thu 4 Oct 2018, 17:30 – 18:30
Streatham Court C
University of Exeter
Exeter EX4 4PU
- Free entry - please register in advance
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.
In this illustrated lecture, Professor Percival will explore risk-taking by sitters and artists 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.
This lecture will be followed by a drinks
reception from 6.30 – 8.00pm in Streatham Court.
Entry to this event is free but advance booking is essential. To book your place for this lecture please email firstname.lastname@example.org