Patricia Simons, Professor of Art History at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, will give a talk, The Pleasures of Allegory: Rethinking ‘Susanna and the Elders’ , in Theatre 1, Alan Gilbert Building-G21, at the University of Melbourne on Wednesday, 9 March 2016, 5.30pm – 6.45pm (admission free but booking required here). Tintoretto’s ‘Susanna and the Elders’ (c.1555) is commonly read as a case of male voyeurism, in subject and purpose, or as mere moralizing allegory. This paper moves away from each reductive extreme by re-examining the story’s history and visual effect.
Patricia Simons works on the art of Renaissance Europe (primarily Italy, France and the Netherlands) with a special focus on the representation of gender and sexuality and on interdisciplinary approaches to materiality, visuality and material culture. In groundbreaking publications in both books and major journals , she has investigated such issues as portraiture as a mode of fictive representation, medical discourse in relation to visual culture, and the representation and reception of homoeroticism. For further information on the event, contact Anne Dunlop.