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The idea of the ‘Latin lover’ is one of the most familiar images of Italians and Italian culture. This exhibition was curated by Dr Niamh Cullen (University College Dublin) aimed to uncover the reality behind the stereotype, exploring how ideas about courtship, love and marriage in Italy were changing in the 1950s and 1960s through the lens of popular magazines. The mass media was expanding rapidly in these years, popular magazines both encouraged and reflected social change, making them the ideal material for charting changing images and ideas of love. The economic miracle of the late 1950s and 1960s also transformed Italian society, prompting widespread migration to the cities and the growth of a mass consumer society. The role of the family in Italian society, gender roles and relations were also changing, and as they did so, definitions of love and marriage themselves were being transformed.

The exhibition will be opened at 6.30 on May 14 with a talk by Prof. Emanuela Scarpellini (Università degli studi di Milano), ‘A changing society: Family and consumer culture in Italy in the 1950s-1960s’.

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