What do Queen Elizabeth I and Surrealist Frida Kahlo have in common?

Heni Talks: Through portraits, Penny Huntsman finds parallels between the lives of these two great women

From Heni Talks

What do Elizabeth I and Frida Kahlo have in common? At first glance, there is little to link these women of different vocations, centuries and cultures. The art history teacher Penny Huntsman, however, finds parallels in their lives by looking at portraits of the two women.

Crafted to project distinctive identity and female power, these paintings proclaim the sacrifices each woman made for her nation. Huntsman explores the symbols and strategies at play in these works. Whilst the two women may have had different motives, Huntsman considers how they could be considered "two sides of one coin".


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