Many scientific studies assume that the features of painted faces are the facts of the flesh-and-blood countenances to which they refer. This assumption is not only false; it is preposterous.
Sonja Drimmer is a historian of medieval art and architecture. She teaches at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She may be seen @Sonja_Drimmer.
Seeing the Bigger Picture on Public Memorials to Women
Recent works, including monuments to Mary Wollstonecraft and Medusa, demonstrate that it’s not that women have a problem with public monuments; it’s that public monuments have a problem with us.