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Artists’ models have inspired artistic creativity for centuries. We’ll explore the wives who have served as models for artists such as Rubens, Rembrandt, Boucher, Picasso, and Katz. We’ll also examine the lives of models famous in their time, such as Emma Hart, Joanna Hiffernan, and Kathleen Newton. Models who became artists themselves will be illustrated in the works of artists such as Elizabeth Siddal, model for Rossetti; Victorine-Louise Meurent, model for Manet; and Suzanne Valadon, model for Renoir.
Recommended Optional Reading: Dictionary of Artists’ Models; Edited by Jill Berk Jiminez 2001: Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, Chicago, IL 9781579582333, 1579582338 (NOTE: Comprehensive, but expensive)
Martha Chiarchiaro has brought history to life through the art of the times for more than 30 years. She received her Masters’ degree in the History of Art from Williams College and has taught a variety of art history classes at the Worcester Art Museum, Worcester State University, WISE, and other cultural organizations. Martha has always been fascinated by how the artist’s model has served as an inspiration.
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