Concepts of Beauty: Artists, Models & Muses

Explore the exciting topic of artists with their models and muses in a series of four virtual lectures with art historian, Penny-Lynn Cookson.

Class Dates

Thursday Jan 6, 2022 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Thursday Jan 13, 2022 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Thursday Jan 20, 2022 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Thursday Jan 27, 2022 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM


These one-hour lectures, followed by a Q & A, can be enjoyed from the comfort of your own home. The series will feature a selection of paintings, drawings, sculptures and photography that will guide a fascinating exploration of models and muses who were themselves artists, or wives, mistresses, lovers. Or, the artist might be self-inspired! Women are an ever recurring subject in art. Who were the women portrayed as goddesses, madonnas or temptresses? How do they react to the male gaze? What is the role of the male as model, god, spectator or owner? What does the artist's choice of the model as nude, naked or robed convey? How does the choice of setting: studio, intimate interiors or outdoors, or the selection of costumes and accessories such as hats, head coverings, fabrics, jewellery and furs affect our perception? What are the power and status dynamics behind all these choices?

Register for the complementing studio course, Drawing Models & Muses for a hands-on experience of drawing draped figures whose costumes and poses are inspired by the lecture.

This virtual lecture requires an electronic device with video camera and microphone and high speed internet.

Zoom link and password will be sent by email a few days before class.

This workshop will be recorded.

Instructor - Penny-Lynn Cookson

Instructor - Penny-Lynn Cookson

Penny-Lynn Cookson is an art historian, art consultant, lecturer and writer with an earlier career in television, advertising and film production.