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The Essex Lectures in Art History 2022 Lecture III: Leonine Intimacies: Rosa Bonheur and Circus Lions

The Essex Lectures in Art History with Katie Hornstein

  • Wed 15 Jun 22

    15:00 - 17:00

  • Colchester Campus

    CTC.2.04

  • Event type

    Lectures, talks and seminars
    The Essex Lectures 2022

  • Event organiser

    Philosophy and Art History, School of

  • Contact details

    Abby Connell
    01206 872705

The School of Philosophy and Art History hold the Essex Lectures in Art History each year. The June 2022 lectures are titled 'Myth and Menagerie: Seeing Lions in Nineteenth Century France'

Lecture III: Leonine Intimacies: Rosa Bonheur and Circus Lions

After a long and illustrious career representing horses and other domesticated animals native to Europe, in the late 1870s Rosa Bonheur turned to lions as subjects for her paintings. Bonheur’s ability to come into close contact with lions, and even acquire several for her personal menagerie, emerged out of her close friendship with the period’s most important circus impresario, François Bidel.  In this talk, I examine the relationship between the body of wild lion imagery that Bonheur produced in relation to the cosmopolitan spectacle of the circus and the labor and charisma of its animals.

Each lecture is one hour, followed by a 45-minute Q&A session.

If you would like to join this lecture, either in person or via Zoom, please email spahpg@essex.ac.uk to register.

The Essex Lectures in Art History 2022 Lecture III: Leonine Intimacies: Rosa Bonheur and Circus Lions

 

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