Nina Dubin

"Love, Trust, Risk: Painting the 'Paper Century'"

Visiting Scholar (Chicago, IL)

The eighteenth-century vogue for pictures of women perusing love letters emblematized the “papered century,” named for the period’s unprecedented proliferation of monetary notes and credit instruments. Dwelling upon the fragility of paper promises, epistolary pictures marked the precariousness of trust and the romanticization of risk on the eve of modernity.

This lecture is sponsored by the Visiting Artists and Scholars Committee.