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Images of Rape: The "Heroic" Tradition and its Alternatives is the first in-depth exploration of rape as it has been portrayed in Western art from the twelfth through the seventeenth centuries. Examining the full range of representations, from those that glorify rape to those that condemn it, Diane Wolfthal illuminates the complex web of attitudes toward sexual violence that existed in the medieval and early modern society. She makes her case using a range of visual documentation, including picture Bibles, law treatises, justice paintings, war prints, and the manuscripts of Christine de Pizan.Read more
- First in-depth analysis of rape images in Western art
- Demonstrates how past rape imagery influences today's discourse on rape
- Winner of the Sierra Prize, Western Association of Women Historians in the year 2000 The chapter on Christine de Pizan was published separately in the book Christine de Pizan and the Categories of Difference edited by Marilyn Desmond (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1998), 41-70. In thi
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"If I were asked to select the most important book on early modern European art history in 1999, I would choose Diane Wolfthal's Images of Rape: The "Heroic" Tradition and Its Alternatives." Yael Evans, Sixteenth Century JournalSee more reviews
"By examining why art historians have assigned erotic and sanitized images of rape to the canon in place of less salacious traditions, Wolfthal's book raises fundemental questions about art historical practice." National Financial Post
"This should be required reading for anyone interested in understanding the visual cultures of Western traditions...Wolfthal is to be congratulated and thanked for bringing this material together." CAA Reviews
"By examining why art historians have assigned erotic and sanitized images of rape to the canon in place of less salacious traditions, Wolfthal's book raises fundamental questions about art historical practice." National Financial Post
"paint[s] a fascinating and complex picture of the conflicted sexual premises, ideals, and solutions that lie behind and around such images....should form a fundmental starting point for any future resesarch on Renaissance sexual imagery." Renaissance Quarterly
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- Date Published: October 2000
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521794428
- length: 304 pages
- dimensions: 255 x 178 x 19 mm
- weight: 0.74kg
- contains: 118 b/w illus.
- availability: Unavailable - out of print November 2006
Table of Contents
1. 'Heroic' rape imagery
2. Rape imagery in medieval picture Bibles
3. The children of Mars: soldiers as rapists
4. Rape imagery in the context of law: legal treatises and justice paintings
5. The greatest possible sorrow: Christine de Pizan and the representation of rape
6. Two conceptions of the sexual aggressor: the user of magical images and the married woman.
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