Exhibition prepared by the 3rd year students of Vilnius University’s Communication faculty’s Cultural Information and Communication and Heritage Communication specialty. Students: Vytautė Žuravliovaitė, Virginija Rudytė, Ieva Šimoliūnaitė, Rūta Turauskaitė, Monika Kazakevičiūtė. Lecturer – Neringa Latvytė-Gustaitienė

 Anotation of exhibition

Since ancient times, men were assumed as a strong gender, the head of the family and defenders of a nation. Women have long been overshadowed by their rights and place in society. This situation is also reflected in the visual art. Findings by archaeologists testify to the fact that in the stone age most of the animal hunting scenes were drawn on the walls, and although human silhouettes are neuter, it is known that men were those who provided food to the whole community while protecting it.

The works of Dutch, Polish and Lithuanian artists that were created in the 19th-20th centuries were selected in this virtual exhibition. They depict men who have different social status (people of the countryside, landlords, saints, soldiers), different occupations (writers, painters, farmers) and their activities, such as fishing, work, various ways of relaxation.  Playing cards was one of the favorite ways for men to spend their free time. This exhibition features 19th century cards drawn by John Rustem and Gottlieb Kissling with male images (No. 7-11).

The exhibition also includes photographs of Vladimir Barkel (No. 16), Virgilijus Sonta (No. 24), Romas Juskelis (No. 26). In photographs, as in the painting, men’s leisure time is depicted, but the main difference is that everything is portrayed more realistically and in detail. In addition to the works of the authors mentioned above, one can also see the works of Kanut Rusecko, Vytautas Palaimas, Augustinas Savickas and other artists.