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The Model as Painter and Painted

– The following essay appeared in the Winter 2001 volume of Denver Quarterly published by the University of Denver and won the Robert D. Richardson award for best essay published in a volume year.

The Model as Painter and Painted

— Desirée Alvarez

The women of Michael Angelo are the sex.

The women of Correggio are seraglio beauties.

The women of Titiano are the plump, fair, marrowy Venetian race.

The women of Parmegiano are coquettes.

From Henry Fuseli, Aphorisms on Art (1741-1825)

For the past seven years I have been a woman in Philip …read more