Blue Ridge Regional Library

History Lecture Series

Join Scott Crawford in our latest History Lecture

Saturday, Jun 10    11:00 AM

Location: Martinsville Library

In this exciting talk, historian B. Scott Crawford will provide an overview of the works of John Singer Sargent, highlighting a controversy that embroiled him in the 1880s related to his depiction of "Madame X." Crawford will then share a post-controversy work Sargent completed in England of Norah Gribble, a gentry woman and member of the British elite. Using x-rays of the portrait, Crawford will lead the audience as they explore how Sargent significantly changed the overall composition. Crawford will then explore the work by using an interpretation focusing on 19th century gender ideals. Through this exploration, participants will recognize the importance of reflecting on not just how a sitter looks in a portrait, but also on how the sitter is positioned in a portrait.

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