Art, fashion, and scandalous ladies; does it get any better than that?
On 18 September The Cincinnati Art Museum will be unveiling its new exhibition, Thomas Gainsborough and the Modern Woman, a fun romp through the beautifully painted women who sat for Gainsborough as put together by curator Benedict Luca. Presiding as hostess would be the Cincinnati Art Museum's own Ann Ford (Mrs. Thickness) whom has just undergone a thorough cleaning. Joining her will be the iconic Grace Dalyrymple Elliott, Viscountess Ligonier, Maria Fitzherbert, and Elizabeth Sheridan, among others. Together these fabulous women rendered by Gainsborough not only represent feisty females of the time but also an era of women taking possession of their own image. The exhibition will "ask us to look anew at the formal specifics that made his portraits so important to ambitious women and their self-definition in the celebrity culture of the period."
It is only appropriate that period gowns will also be featured alongside the paintings; Gainsborough had a love of portraying couture unlike his rival, Joshua Reynolds, who preferred his female sitters in classical drapery. Not only will the exhibition bring together an amazing collection of portraits but also some fabulous examples of fashion from the same period. Visitors will be plunged headfirst into a the glamor of 18th century aristocratic life.
Thomas Gainsborough and the Modern Woman will run at the Cincinnati Museum of Art from 18 September to 2 January and will then move to San Diego Museum of Art from 29 January to 1 May. It promises to be a show not to be missed! Will you be attending?
Read more about the curator's journey through piecing together the exhibition together here
ArtDaily.org announces Thomas Gainsborough and the Modern Woman