Figures of Widows in Modern Era (17th and 18th centuries): Images of an Accepted, Hidden, Claimed Social Status?

Published on 27 January 2021 par Institut du genre

GRHAM (Groupe de Recherche en Histoire de l’Art Moderne) Study day.

Famous or unknown, the aim of this study day is to question the identity of these widows in order to better understand their intellectual, political and social influence, by finding out whether their widowhood proved to be an asset or a weakness. How did the image of the widowed woman develop during the 17th and 18th centuries? And how did it deal with the particular 18th-century rising value shaped by Rousseau’s representation of a woman as a mother dedicated to both her home and the education of her children?

15th June2021
Galerie Colbert, Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art (INHA) 6 rue des Petits Champs, 75002 Paris.

Deadline for submissions, in French or English: 15th March 2021

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