Undergraduate Honors Theses


Titian in 4D

Thesis Defended

Spring 2017

Document Type


Type of Thesis

Departmental Honors



First Advisor

Erika Randall

Second Advisor

Donna Mejia

Third Advisor

Claire Farago


When a body is in motion it becomes slippery. A static image is easier for us the viewer to consume; thus, the minute it begins to move, the body assumes a level of autonomy from the influences around it. Titian, the 16th century Venetian painter, was the first to give his figures this power. His dynamic renderings effectively capture the fourth dimension thereby granting his subjects with an unprecedented amount of influence. I intend to use his paintings as a study for a dance piece unpacking the male gaze through the lens of post structural feminism. This piece will take into consideration both sixteenth century and twenty first century attitudes towards male and female bodies. Through these studies, five female and four male dancers will personify the post-structural feminist discourse on the powers of the body and explore the effects of the male gaze on both genders.

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Dance Commons