The Pleasures of Allegory: Rethinking ‘Susanna and the Elders’

Wednesday, March 9, 2016 17:30 - 18:45

'Susanna and the Elders' is commonly read as a case of male voyeurism, in subject and purpose, or as mere moralizing allegory. This lecture moves away from each reductive extreme by re-examining the story's history and visual effect.

Professor Patricia Simons is Professor of Art History, University of Michigan. Her field of study includes the art of Renaissance Europe (primarily Italy, France and the Netherlands) with a special focus on the representation of gender and sexuality

Image: Tintoretto, Susanna and the Elders. Circa 1555. Vienna, Kunsthistorsiches Museum.


Event type

Free Public Lecture


Theatre 1, Alan Gilbert Building, Parkville