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What Art tells us about Gender

There is a huge range of ways that gender has been understood and represented in the history of art. We look at a few examples that show us gender is a concept that has never been fixed: Hermaphroditos by the ancient Greeks, Titian's Venus of Urbino, Baule portrait masks, the photographs of Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore, and Maya stone carvings. This episode was made in partnership with Smarthistory, the most-visited art history website in the world (https://smarthistory.org). Subscribe to their channel today: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3R-xanNgtoa8b7gpVexVlA. Thanks to our Grandmaster of the Arts Vincent Apa, and all of our patrons, especially Iain Eudailey, Frame Monster Design Laboratory, Patrick Hanna, Nichole Hicks, Eve Leonard, David Moore, Jane Quale, Constance Urist, and Nicholas Xu. To support our channel, visit: http://www.patreon.com/artassignment. Ring that notification bell to learn about new episodes of The Art Assignment every other Thursday.

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