What do paintings tell us about sex? How is art gendered? In this course we will study some of the world’s most beloved pictures guided by expert curators and art historians who step outside of the square, bringing a gendered reading to the masterpieces contained in the magnificent collections that we have been lucky enough to bring to the Coursera platform. In this course you will learn:
How gender and sexuality is an integral part of the production and reception of works of art.
How to increase your understanding of paintings through theories of gender and sexuality.
How to understand key terms from gender-related theories of art history and museology.
How to recognise the operation of what is termed ‘the gaze’ and how it works in relation to paintings.
How ideas about gender and sexuality can productively be employed in theorising art curatorial practices.
How to take the initiative in relating theoretical ideas about gender and sexuality to the reading and display of art and visual cultures.
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