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January 17, 2006
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Carolyn Lougee Chappell, the Frances and Charles Field Professor of History, will talk about two of the most prominent women in French history—Marie-Antoinette and Empress Josephine—on Thursday, Jan. 19, as part of the Faculty Choice lecture series at the Cantor Arts Center.
Lougee Chappell's talk, "Royal Wives in Jeopardy: Artful Depictions from the Age of Revolution," will focus on two works: a bronze bust, Marie-Antoinette, created by Felix Lecomte after 1783, and an 1808 oil painting, Her Majesty the Empress Josephine Receiving the Works of Contemporary Artists, by Nicolas-Antoine Taunay. The bronze is part of the Cantor Arts Center collections; the oil painting is on loan from the Hoover Institution Library and Archives.
Lougee Chappell specializes in the history of 17th- and 18th-century Europe and has written widely about aristocratic women and elite families in pre-revolutionary France. She is the recipient of a Dinkelspiel Award for outstanding service to undergraduate education and a Dean's Award for Distinguished Teaching. The talk will begin at 4:15 p.m. in the Europe 1500-1800 Gallery at the Cantor Arts Center.
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