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Armour and Amazons

Rooms 5 and 6

The first part of the exhibition culminates in the image of the female warrior. To begin with, virgin warriors, maidens in armour after the Joan of Arc prototype. Armour enables women to crossdress and engage in typically male activities, but it is also a convincing metaphor for virginity. In the art of the late-19th century, through painters as diverse as Edgar Degas and Franz von Stuck, female warriors threw off their cuirasses to return to the original image of the ancient Amazons and take up the feminist demands which were beginning to be made.

  • Spartan Girls Challenging Boys
    Autor:
    Edgar Degas
    Título:
    Spartan Girls Challenging Boys, c. 1860
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    Tipo:
    Oil on canvas, 109.5 x 155 cm
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    Úbicacion:
    The National Gallery, London. Bought, 1924, Inv. no.: NG3860
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  • Wounded Amazon
    Autor:
    Franz von Stuck
    Título:
    Wounded Amazon, 1904
    Fecha:
    Tipo:
    Oil on canvas, 90.5 x 103.8 cm
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    Úbicacion:
    Galerie Katharina Büttiker-Art Nouveau-Art Déco
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  • Over my Dead Body
    Autor:
    Mona Hatoum
    Título:
    Over my Dead Body, 1988–2002
    Fecha:
    Tipo:
    Inkjet on PVC, 204.5 x 305 cm
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    Úbicacion:
    Courtesy White Cube © Mona Hatoum
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  • Pallas Athena
    Autor:
    Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn
    Título:
    Water-Lilies, c. 1655–59
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    Tipo:
    Oil on canvas, 118 x 91 cm
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    Úbicacion:
    Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon, Inv. no.: 1488
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