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Volume 11 Issue 1 (April 1998), Pages iv-v, 1-208

Picturing Feminism, Selling Liberalism: The Case of the Disappearing Holbein (pages 145-163)

Responding to recent scholarly and activist discussions of the public museum as a site of anti‐feminism, this article examines the historical development of ‘feminist museology’ in Britain. Focusing on the mystery and controversies surrounding an anonymous woman’s gift of Hans Holbein’s Christina of Denmark to the National Gallery in 1909, this study investigates the dynamic of art, gender, and citizenship during the prewar Liberal crisis. The Holbein debates marked an important shift in the institutional status of feminism and the gendered parameters of cultural property, and offer a new perspective on our own practices of heritage and patrimony.

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