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25 May 2007

Lucretia

From my excellent trip to Berlin, I brought you the most beautiful piece of work I have seen in a long time… Look at the knife, the necklace, the transparent fabric… And there there is the look. What is that look saying? Ah, so much defiance… She will do it if you push her, you know? Then again, maybe she is playing up, putting you where she wants you to be, just like seducers do. THAT is the look of the seducer.

Lucas Cranach 1472-1553
Lucretia, 1533
37.3 x 23.9 cm
Gemäldegalerie

Posted in Blog, Seductive artworks, Seductive things


5 Responses to “Lucretia”

  1. Josh said:

    She did do it (after her rape by that Tarquin bastard) – but I love what you pointed out. 🙂

    Augustine has a similar analysis in his City of God: Lucretia’s suicide was, just like Regulus’s return to the Carthaginians, a supreme act of defiance which epitomized the Roman spirit of pride and overcoming. That really is a wonderful way to depict Lucretia.

  2. Josh said:

    Btw, I hate to double post, but that’s a great observation concerning her seductiveness and possession of transparent fabric. I mean, what the heck is she wearing transparent fabric for!?!

  3. Laura Gonzalez said:

    What if it wasn’t a transparent fabric in itself… What if it was a transparent fabric disguised as a weapon, something to entice you, make you look and then strangle with? She could also turn that knife on the viewer very easily, couldn’t she? I must be in a sadistic mood today. I blame it on her defiant look, as you said…

  4. Laura Gonzalez » Blog Archive » The look of Lucas Cranach the Elder said:

    […] now, you must know my weakness for Cranach’s paintings, for his depictions of the seductiveness of the female body, his wonderful view on Eve. I am lucky. […]

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About Me

I am an artist and writer. My recent practice performance, film, dance, photography and text, and my work has been performed, exhibited and published in many venues in Europe and the US. I have spoken at numerous conferences and events, including the Museum for the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, the Medical Museum in Copenhagen, College Arts Association and the Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society. When I am not following Freud, Lacan and Marx’s footsteps with my camera or creating performance works as part of my Athenaeum Research Fellowship at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, I teach postgraduate students at Transart Institute.

I am currently immersed in an interdisciplinary project exploring knowledge and the body of the hysteric. In 2013, together with Child and Adolescent Mental Health practitioner Frances Davies, I co-edited the book ‘Madness, Women and the Power of Art’, to which I contributed a work authored with Eleanor Bowen. My book ‘Make Me Yours: How Art Seduces’ was published by Cambridge Scholars in 2016. In this text, investigates psychoanalytic approaches to making and understanding objects of seduction, including an examination of parallels between artistic and analytic practices, a study of Manolo Blahnik’s shoes as objects of desire, a disturbing encounter with Marcel Duchamp’s last work, and the creation of a psychoanalytically inspired Discourse of the Artefact, a framework enabling the circulation of questions and answers through a relational approach to artworks.