6 & 7th May 2021

Dressing a Picture will explore cultures of dressing, its representation in courtly images, and how these practices and portrayals impacted the realities of courtly life.

6th May 2021


Panel 1:  Materialising Courtly Bodies


Panel Keynote 

Karen Hearn (UCL)

Richly apparelled, and her belly laid out …’: Signalling (or not Signalling) Pregnancy in 16th and Early 17th Century Court Portraits



Ana Howie (University of Cambridge)

‘White ruff and red cuffs, on a black dress. The negro dressed in yellow’: Materialising bodies in van Dyck’s Portrait of Elena Grimaldi-Cattaneo



Lisa Nunn (East Anglia University)

 ‘A hundred times fitter for a Barn than a Palace’: A gendered analysis of the Protectorate portraits of Elizabeth Cromwell and her daughters


Chair: Holly Fletcher


Panel 2: Negotiating Gender in Early Modern Portraiture


Panel Keynote 

Catherine Stearn (Eastern Kentucky University)

Countess or Queen, Countess and Queen: how dress and portraiture illuminate the role of Elizabeth I’s privy chamber women



Vanessa de Cruz Medina (Independent Scholar)

Ladies-in-Waiting & Portrait Galleries: Identity, Family and Power at Early Modern Habsburg Courts



Alice Blow (University of Cambridge)

Gender Ambiguity in The Cobbe Portrait of Henry Wriothesley, Third Earl of Southampton,


Chair: Sophie Pitman


Panel 3: The Court Portrait: Global Considerations


Panel Keynote 

Mei Mei Rado (LACMA)

Qing Imperial Portraits and Europe 



Jessica Hower (Southwestern University)

Drawing an Empire: Elizabeth I, The Armada Portrait, and the Creation of a British Atlantic World



Marina Hopkins (Warburg Institute)

The Portrait of María Luisa de Toledo with her Indigenous Companion



Alejandro M. Sanz Guillén (Universidad de Zaragoza)

Shoguns and Emperors: Representations of the Japanese Court in Europe during the 18th century


Chair: Giorgio Riello




7th May 2021


Panel 4: The Court: A Stage for Princely Society


Panel Keynote 

Dr Katarzyna Kosior (Northumbria University)

Defining the royal court in Poland-Lithuania: some textual evidence from Jan III Sobieski’s lifetime (1629-1696)



Martina Vyskupova (Slovak National Museum)

Portrait representation of Maria Theresa as a Queen of Hungary seated on a horse in the context of period female equestrian portraits in the 18th century



Pedro Manuel Tavares (Centro de História de Arte — CHAIA)
Subject: D. Joana de Áustria, embodiment of political/religious propaganda of the Habsburg Women, beyond the Validos power



Annalisa Nicholson (University of Cambridge)

The Transfiguration of Hortense Mancini. How the vagabond Duchess became the patron saint of brides


Chair: Caroline van Eck


Panel 5 : The Artist Behind the Portrait


Panel Keynote

Dr Cordula van Wyhe (University of York)

Fashioning Displaced Identities: Anthony’s van Dyck as Portraitist of the French Exiles



Sarah Emily Farkas (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

Sibylle of Cleves: Cranach, Convention, and Clothing Identity in Lutheran Saxony



Alessandro Nicola Malusà (University of Cambridge)

The Sitter As Artist: Depicting Mourning Dress and Negotiating Authority in the Regencies of Christine of France and Marie Jeanne Baptiste of Savoy-Nemours


Chair: Alexander Marr


Featured Keynote Lecture

Erin Griffey (The University of Auckland)

‘Beauties Silken Livery’: Dressing the Face at the Early Modern Court 

Chair: Ulinka Rublack