Date of Submission

Spring 2013

Academic Program

Art History

Project Advisor 1

Laurie Dahlberg

Abstract/Artist's Statement

"From Muse to Musician: Portraits of Women and Music at the Turn of the 20th Century" discusses the transformation of the woman in portraiture from the allegorical muse to the female professional through the presence of music. The project highlights the works of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, John White Alexander, Thomas Wilmer Dewing, John Singer Sargent, and Augustus John as evidence to this transformation in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It discusses how music and musical iconography was used in their portraits to describe both the women they were painting and illustrate the changing roles of women in society, as well as how painting music influenced their relationships with the women they painted.

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