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Naked Authority

Naked Authority
The Body in Western Painting 1830–1908

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Part of Cambridge Studies in New Art History and Criticism

  • Date Published: November 1990
  • availability: Unavailable - out of print October 1992
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521409995

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  • The human body, particularly the female body in the nineteenth-century, is central to Western painting. Images such as Delacroix's Liberty on the Barricades and Manet's Le Dejeuner sur l'Herbe are so well known that the question of how the gendered body functions in them is often overlooked. In this detailed feminist art-historical study of the body in general and the nude in particular, Marcia Pointon explores the narrative structures of a series of major European and American paintings and other images, mapping her interpretations on the historiography of nineteenth-century painting and employing an innovative theoretical methodology to demonstrate how the visual representation of gendered bodies works to articulate power relations that are to be understood in terms of the symbolic and the psychic as part of the historical.

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    • Date Published: November 1990
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521409995
    • length: 172 pages
    • dimensions: 247 x 174 x 11 mm
    • weight: 0.4kg
    • availability: Unavailable - out of print October 1992
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    1. Reading the body: historiography and the case of the nude
    2. Psychoanalysis and art history: Freud, Fried and Eakins
    3. Liberty on the Barracades: Woman, politics and sexuality in Delacroix
    4. Biography and the body in late Renoir
    5. Interior portraits
    6. Guess who's coming to lunch? Allegory and the body in Manet's Le Dejeuner sur l'Herbe

  • Author

    Marcia Pointon

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