Museum halls are full of images of women: naked or richly dressed, in unnatural poses or in ones that seem more genuine than real life. It’s often hard to understand who these mostly-attractive dames are—muses, wives, courtesans? In this tour, not only will we talk about the biographies of the heroines of the canvases, but we will also try to look at the social and cultural messages that these great works of art convey.
There are more women than men in museums, and not just amongst the visitors. The most heated discussions are always devoted to ‘women’s issues’, be it their voting rights or the length of their skirt. I invite you to look at canvases by genius artists and consider them not only as works of art but also as a case study of the eternal female theme.
Cultural and historical studies often give surprising answers to the question of "Who was she?" In this tour, not only will we talk about the biographies of the heroines of the canvases, but we will also try to look at the social and cultural messages that these great works of art convey. What does the pictorial art of the fifteenth-to-eighteenth centuries tell us about what it means to be a woman?
You will find out how the nakedness of Goddess Diana is connected to little girls’ love for ponies, and how Venetian courtesans paved the way for gender equality. We will discuss how Greek myths and the Holy Scriptures imposed moral norms through pictorial female images, and how low Angela Merkel’s décolleté is allowed to be.
Within the scope of this tour, we will review the masterpieces by such renowned artists of the Renaissance and Baroque as Titian, Veronese, Giovanni Bellini, and Velasquez. You will also see works by Sofonisba Anguissola, Guido Cagnacci, and Elisabeth Vigee-Lebrun that are less known to the public but can undoubtedly be considered the hidden treasure of the Museum of Fine Arts in Vienna.
This tour focuses on the masterpieces of Italian, French, and Spanish art exhibited in the Museum of Fine Arts in Vienna; it will especially suit those who prefer to take a close look at the works of art and is open to new interpretations of the Old Masters. The Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna is one of the oldest educational establishments for artists. The Academy features a rare collection represented by dozens of works of art by genius artists of the past, such as Rembrandt, Rubens, Cranach, Botticelli, and Titian, who became the example for generations of students. This is the best place to figure out what messages are hidden in the works of the great painters and find out why they became such inspirations.