Event Title

Painting Siblings, Performing Gender: Gaze and Pose in Sofonisba Anguissola's Double Portrait of a Boy and Girl of the Attavanti Family

Presenter Information

Lisa Yanofsky, Oberlin College

Location

Science Center, A209

Document Type

Presentation

Start Date

4-26-2013 4:00 PM

End Date

4-26-2013 5:00 PM

Abstract

Sofonisba Anguissola’s Double Portrait of a Boy and Girl of the Attavanti Family (1580s) is an unusual example of a Renaissance portrait of children as it depicts a tender and caring relationship between a brother and sister, as opposed to the formalized adult relationships usually depicted. Using the Renaissance conceptions of children’s roles as well as Sofonisba’s oeuvre, I will open a discussion on the Double Portrait of a Boy and a Girl of the Attavanti Family as a performance of childhood, gender and youth through the pose and gaze of the sitters.

Notes

Session III, Panel 15: The Bourgeois, the Bicep, and the Abject: Anomalous Gazes in Painting, Sculpture, and Cinema
Moderator: Erik Inglis, Associate Professor of Art History

Major

Art History; Individual Conservatory Major

Advisor(s)

Susan Kane, Art History
Lorraine Manz, Voice

Project Mentor(s)

Erik Inglis, Art History

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Painting Siblings, Performing Gender: Gaze and Pose in Sofonisba Anguissola's Double Portrait of a Boy and Girl of the Attavanti Family

Science Center, A209

Sofonisba Anguissola’s Double Portrait of a Boy and Girl of the Attavanti Family (1580s) is an unusual example of a Renaissance portrait of children as it depicts a tender and caring relationship between a brother and sister, as opposed to the formalized adult relationships usually depicted. Using the Renaissance conceptions of children’s roles as well as Sofonisba’s oeuvre, I will open a discussion on the Double Portrait of a Boy and a Girl of the Attavanti Family as a performance of childhood, gender and youth through the pose and gaze of the sitters.