Desiring Women: Myth, Love
and Victorian Painting
Speaker: Dr. Antonio
Cartolano ( Dr Rosemary Barrow, the author of the paper was unable
to deliver it through ill-health)
October 8, 2012
Themes from Greek mythology had dominated the painter’s
oeuvre for centuries. Victorian artists departed from
traditional notions of mythological painting. Avoiding the
many-figured Renaissance canvases showing battles and triumphs,
ardent lovers and exhausted revellers, they favoured more personal
and intimate scenes of love, loss and regret. In many images it is
women who are desiring as well as desirable and who often end up
being the losers in love.
Dr Antonio Cartolano is a Visiting
Lecturer in History at Goldsmith’s College, University of London
and a teacher of Latin and Classical Civilisation at UCL Academy.
He is a specialist in fifteenth-century Italian courtly culture. Dr
Cartolano was Lecturer in History of Art at the University of
Roehampton (2009-2012) where he taught a range of courses on
Renaissance art and the classical tradition.