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Fri, Feb 09


Richmond Library Annexe (and online)

Making Sense of The Ugly Duchess

Despite this painting's fame, many aspects of the portrait remain a mystery. In this lecture, we explore what might have inspired it and examine the vibrant artistic culture of early 16th century Flanders, where the portrait was made. Prepare to take a 2nd look at a portrait you thought you knew!

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Making Sense of The Ugly Duchess
Making Sense of The Ugly Duchess

Time & Location

Feb 09, 2024, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM GMT

Richmond Library Annexe (and online), Quadrant Rd, Richmond TW9 1DH, UK


About the Event

In about 1513, Flemish artist Quentin Massys created a remarkable painting of an elderly woman with large ears, wide nostrils, a flabby neck and receding chin. Known as the Ugly Duchess, this arresting portrait has become one of the best loved works in the National Gallery collection. Most famously, it inspired Lewis Carroll’s Duchess in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865.)

Delivered by Isaac Nugent

When you book you will receive an automated email containing instruction on how to join (in person or online). Please note it is not longer necessary to book in advance and we would love to welcome you in Richmond, where we have DIY coffee and tea.


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    This ticket is for people who have credit with Art Historical London because they have paid in advance via banktransfer, cheque of gift voucher.




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