to view or the flyer for the keynote lecture.
The Department of Art, Graphic Design and Art History
at Oklahoma State University welcomes:
Assistant Professor of Art History
Department of History
Saturday, 13 April 2013
Bartlett Center, Rm109
The Fair Princes of Renaissance Italy:
Male Beauty, Radiance, and Rule
Physical beauty — often described as brilliant or light-emitting — was commonly
invoked as an aspect of nobility and lordliness in Renaissance Italy, where beauty was a
potent ideological tool wielded to legitimize power through visual imagery, spectacle,
and literary praise. These radiant bodies were charismatic, drawing desires and gazes
towards them, and beauty served as a marker of social status as much as of sexual
desirability. The ideal of the blond, fair prince is one to which Renaissance princes
almost always aspired, but yet one which must not be taken to be natural or inevitable.
This talk will explore the ways in which correlations between whiteness, power, and
beauty were fundamental to aristocratic structures and ideologies of rule.
Keynote Lecture, Art History Senior Symposium
Symposium: 9:30am–5pm (coffee at 9:00am); Bartlett Center 109
schedule details will be posted on art.okstate.edu
for more information email [email protected]