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The Ugly Duchess: Beauty and Satire in the Renaissance

Research Conference: 25 May 2023

This international conference, organized to celebrate the exhibition ‘The Ugly Duchess: Beauty and Satire in the Renaissance’, will see speakers from the USA, Europe and the UK explore how Quinten Massys and his contemporaries paved the way to a new form of secular, humorous painting in the early sixteenth century.

Papers will highlight the artistic exchanges between Italy and the Netherlands that took place in the process and examine how this complex new imagery often took aim at – but also, perhaps, empowered – Renaissance women.

The conference will be introduced by Dr Gabriele Finaldi, Director of the National Gallery, and hosted by the exhibition curator, Emma Capron, Acting Curator of Early Netherlandish, German, and French Painting at the National Gallery, and Charlotte Wytema, Simon Sainsbury Curatorial Fellow at the National Gallery.

Speakers include:

  • Alexander Marr, University of Cambridge
  • Paula Nuttall, Victoria & Albert Museum, London
  • Matthias Ubl, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
  • Christine Seidel, Gemäldegalerie, Berlin
  • Friso Lammertse, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
  • Jill Burke, The University of Edinburgh
  • Anna-Claire Stinebring, Frick Collection, New York
  • Francesca Alberti, Villa Médici, Rome.

This conference is taking place at the Society of Antiquaries of London, Burlington House, London W1J 0BE and will also be livestreamed.

See the detailed program here and visit the museum website for more information.

Quinten Massys (1465-1530), The Ugly Duchess (after restoration), ca. 1513
National Gallery, London

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