Dr Jemma Field, Undressing Queen Anne of Denmark: Fictions, Realities, and the Power of Portraiture


  • 5.15pm

  • Hunter Building, Hunter Lecture Theatre (017)
    74 Lauriston Place
    Edinburgh
    EH3 9DF

Dr Jemma Field is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellow, affiliated with Brunel University, London since January 2017. She was awarded her PhD in Art History at the University of Auckland in 2015. She has ten years of experience as a Teaching Fellow and Graduate Teaching Assistant in History of Art at the University of Auckland, the University of Sydney, and the University of Waikato.

Focusing on Tudor and Stuart England, her research interests include court studies, beauty practices, female agency and patronage, material and visual culture. Her doctoral research examined the cultural and political agency of Anne of Denmark (1574-1619), wife of King James I of England, specifically during her time in England, 1603 to 1619, when she took a decisive role in developing her cultural interests and managing her visual persona.

Jemma Field is currently completing a monograph on Anne of Denmark. This will be the first transcultural study of the first Stuart consort queen, which addresses the issue of how to conceptualise the role of women in the early modern period, develops a new model of European cultural exchange, and considers the strategic deployment of ideas of national identity in an era of emergent nationalism.

Her talk Undressing Queen Anne of Denmark: Fictions, Realities, and the Power of Portraiture focuses on Anne’s body of portraiture and her wardrobe goods. It will explore key points of her visual self-representation in easel portraits and some of the notable ways she used her own body to communicate lineage and allegiance. Attention will also be drawn to the problem of using portraits as historical evidence of dress.

The talk is free and open to all. Drinks are served afterwards in the John Higgitt Gallery.

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