This paper re-examines the relationship between eighteenth-century portraiture and the antique where women adopt the postures of floating female figures from Pompeiian wall paintings in eighteenth-century portraiture. I argue that eighteenth-century floating portraits afforded their female sitters an opportunity to assert classical knowledge while adhering to typical conventions of femininity.
Portraiture, classical reception, Pompeii, classical antiquity, Herculaneum Dancers, Antichità di Ercolano
DiSalvo, Lauren K.
"Postures After the Antique in Eighteenth-Century Portraits of Women,"
ABO: Interactive Journal for Women in the Arts, 1640-1830: Vol.12: Iss.2, Article 3.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.usf.edu/abo/vol12/iss2/3