Camille Claudel – “A Revolt against Nature: a Woman of Genius” – Monday 1 February

Monday 1 February

With Dr. Silvia Regonelli

Her precocious, incredible talent for sculpting made country girl Camille Claudel ambitious enough to reach for success in the big city: Paris. And the path she chose for herself was monumental: in the art world, sculpture had always been the exclusive domain of men. She became a pupil, and then assistant, to Auguste Rodin – the rising star of the time. They eventually became lovers and influenced each other’s styles, while engaging in a competition that Camille was bound to lose, being a woman. Her mind could not bear it: she started to lose her mental stability, until her family confined her to a care home, never to sculpt again for the last thirty years of her life.

Part of the Series “A Room of One’s Own”, by Dr. Silvia Regonelli

Berthe Morisot, Camille Claudel, Vanessa Bell: throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, these three women of genius and will, struggled to find a place for their art in the same way as men had already found it. Firstly, a place where they could learn it. Then, a place to create it, and finally, a place to show it where it could be seen, appreciated, and judged.
While art and the world of artistic education and production changed, they changed with it – finding enemies and allies along the way.
In this Biography Lecture we will look at how they created their works, what happened to the artists and, most importantly, what happened to their art.


Our Biographies series of lectures offer an in-depth look at the life and works of artists from experts in the field.

Our experts will provide new insights into the artists' best-known works while also drawing attention to others that might be less familiar. Each presentation will be accompanied by carefully chosen visual supports, in the form of high definition photos and videos. 

Your Lecturer

Dr Silvia Regonelli

Dr Silvia Regonelli was born in Cremona, Italy, and spent her university years working in Milan as a tourist guide, thus deepening her knowledge of the city’s history and cultural heritage. She holds a PhD in History of Art Criticism from the University of Milan, and is an expert on 19th century art. She especially values the complex relationship between facts and their interpretation, and how this relationship evolves in different cultures and historical periods. She works as an Art History instructor for IES Abroad and as tourist guide and lecturer in Milan.

Event Details

Date: 1 February 2021

Start time: 06:00 p.m. BST

End time: 07:30 p.m. BST

Venue: Zoom Lecture


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