Portrayals of Age and Beauty

I went to this talk at the Royal Academy on Friday, so glad as it dealt with so much that is relevant to me and what I am looking about. Focused on a painting of La Vecchia seen   at an exhibition of Renaissance art by Giogione. I find this picture of the painting from the Guardian engaging as a young woman looking and pondering on the image. The discussion by  panel; Lynne Segal professor of gender studies, Borgia author Sarah Dunant,   Aileen Ribeiro prof from the Courtald institute  and  Dr Hannah Zeilig expert on cultural representation of aging. Wow a real discussion on something that is so relevant to what I am trying to do. Sarah Dunant and Aileen put in context discussed how unusual La Vecchia was, in an age of witch trials,  and how sympathetically displayed more a representation with a message  than a person . Shown a variety of images of older women, not a great many to choose from. Today when there are more people over 60 than under 16? Age is  decline, are age and beauty diametrically opposed? The reality that time does destroy the vestiges of beauty. Men in power appear ‘beautiful’ and strong at all ages. Old age itself is feminized. Erotic images of women are never portrayed sympathetically.

This felt the beginning of a discussion, at the encouragement of the person I was sitting next to I got involved in a discussion with Lynne Segal about this, lots of agreement there but encouraging to get involved in a dialogue about my reaction and also talked to Kube a black woman  whose concern about the lack of inclusion of a black women  resonated

  

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