Looking Awry at Titian's Sacred and Profane Love

Research Seminar

  • Date: Mar 13, 2018
  • Time: 11:00
  • Speaker: Maria H. Loh
  • Location: Villino Stroganoff, Via Gregoriana 22, 00187 Rom
  • Host: Bibliotheca Hertziana - Max-Planck-Institut für Kunstgeschichte
  • Contact: paulinyi@biblhertz.it
Looking Awry at Titian's Sacred and Profane Love
This talk will focus on Titian's Sacred and Profane Love in the Borghese Gallery in Rome. Scholars have struggled with making sense of the two female figures that occupy the unusual horizontal composition of this enigmatic painting.

Some have read it as a Neo-Platonic dissertation; others see in it nothing more than a wedding picture; there are even those who have described it as Titian's most Shakespearean painting. It all depends on your approach and on the point of view you take. This presentation will ask: what happens when you look awry at Titian's women? Can we see them with fresh eyes?

Maria H. Loh is Professor in Art History at CUNY Hunter College. Until 2016, she taught in the Department of History of Art at University College London. Her publications include Titian Remade. Repetition and the Transformation of Early Modern Italian Art (Los Angeles, 2007) and Still Lives: Death, Desire, and the Portrait of the Old Master (Princeton, 2015). Her current project Liquid Sky will explore visual representations of the pre-gravitational sky.

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