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Gender, Politics, and Allegory in the Art of Rubens

Gender, Politics, and Allegory in the Art of Rubens

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  • Date Published: December 2005
  • availability: Unavailable - out of print April 2018
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521842440


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  • Gender, Politics, and Allegory in the Art of Peter Paul Rubens examines the intertwined relationship between paintings of family and marriage, and of war, peace, and statehood by the Flemish master. Drawing extensively upon recent critical and gender theory, Lisa Rosenthal reshapes our view of Rubens' works and of the interpretive practices through which we engage them. Close readings offer new interpretations of canonical images, while bringing into view other powerful works which are less familiar. The focus on gender serves as a catalyst that enables an original way of reading visual allegory, giving it a dynamic multivalence undiscovered by traditional iconographic methods.

    • First book to draw on current gender theory and to analyze the work of Rubens
    • Offers new interpretations of well-known and less familiar works by Rubens
    • New method for the interpretations of allegorical images
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    '… allows for the emergence of a more vulnerable and appealing view of this Olympian artist.' The Art Newspaper

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2005
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521842440
    • length: 328 pages
    • dimensions: 264 x 190 x 26 mm
    • weight: 1.043kg
    • contains: 85 b/w illus. 8 colour illus.
    • availability: Unavailable - out of print April 2018
  • Table of Contents

    1. Rubens, allegory, and art-historical method
    2. The Parens Patriae
    3. Manhood and statehood
    4. Hercules's distaff
    5. Making peace
    6. Self-portraiture and the place of paternity.

  • Author

    Lisa Rosenthal, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

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