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Unapproachable

Emily R., Former TAG Member

Posted: Monday, May 14, 2012

My art teacher has a poster of Madame X (Madame Pierre Gautreau) in our classroom, so as soon as I saw the actual painting in the Met's galleries, I immediately recognized it.

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"Don't Hate Me Because I'm Beautiful"

Claudia, TAG Member

Posted: Monday, April 30, 2012

Virginie Avegno Gautreau (Madame X) was twenty-four when John Singer Sargent painted her portrait. He originally painted it with the right strap of her dress hanging off her shoulder, but the work received such criticism at the 1884 Parisian salon exhibition that he later repainted the strap. When Sargent sold this portrait to the Met, he asked the Museum to title the work Madame X so that she and her family would not be shamed by the painting's reception.

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Unnatural

Jimmy, TAG Member

Posted: Monday, April 23, 2012

Madame X is painted in profile, much like many of the Italian Renaissance portraits that we've studied. Yet unlike the Renaissance portraits, this work presents a full-length view of its subject, Madame Pierre Gautreau.

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Renaissance Fashion and Dress Codes

Evelin, TAG Member

Posted: Monday, March 5, 2012

Did you know there were dress codes in fifteenth-century Italy?

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Symbols of Power

Emily R., Former TAG Member

Posted: Friday, February 10, 2012

Did you know that, at one point, this young man had a halo?

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