Representing Women: Early Modern Bodies at the Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection in Madrid

November 9, 2020 - 10:30am to 11:30am

The purpose of this activity is to make an atypical virtual visit of the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum Collections, one of Madrid’s world-class art galleries. Faced with the usual division or structuring of the collections by schools, our intention is quite different: an approach is proposed through the analysis of the representation of women in the paintings kept in the Museum during a certain historical period: the Early Modern Age. We will be looking and deciphering the constructions of women through paintings by Van Eyck, Ghirlandaio, Caravaggio, etc.


Dr. Julia Domènech completed her Ph.D. at the Universidad Autónoma Madrid (1997) and was an Associate Professor in the Art History Department  from 2007-2010. She has extensive experience with U.S. university students abroad, including teaching at New York University’s Madrid program since 1998 and Stanford’s BOSP Madrid Center since 2008. At present, she offers the very popular Winter quarter course “Women in Art: Case Study in the Madrid Museums”.

Dr. Domenech has written extensively on painting and the visual arts, especially in the Nineteenth Century, concentrating on gender issues, text and image relations, and visual knowledge. Her book La belleza pétrea y la belleza líquida. El sujeto femenino en la poesía y las artes victorianas. (“Petrified Beauty and Liquid beauty. The female subject in Victorian Poetry and Visual Arts”) was published in 2010 (Editorial Fundamentos). Currently, she is completing a new book on the construction of visual space in the Nineteenth Century.

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