Roman style interior with large table around which a woman and men in togas are having an animated discussion, some sitting and some standing, bust of a bearded man on top of a tall column
Label text for ARH 240 French and Italian Drawings Renaissance through Romanticism, written by Ellen Monroe, class of 2015:
Monsiau had no idea—working at the turn of the nineteenth century—that the woman portrayed in this drawing would have fit in well at Smith College. Aspasia was an unusually well-educated woman of Athens and the consort of the Greek leader Pericles. She demanded equal treatment and was written about in several plays. In Monsiau’s drawing, Aspasia is the lively center of attention. The figures, statues, and architecture that surround her are heavy with classical Greek influence.
men; women; interiors; architecture; costume
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