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The Body in Art (BIA 3)

Rubens and the Human Body

C. van Wyhe (ed.)
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366 p., 3 b/w ill. + 166 colour ill., 216 x 280 mm, 2018
ISBN: 978-2-503-57775-3
Languages: English
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This book is the first comprehensive investigation of the most paradigmatic aspect of Baroque visual culture: the Rubensian nude.

Did contemporary audiences recognise the sensuously painted ‘Rubensian body’ as a particular, if not peculiar, artistic repertoire? How can we best understand seventeenth-century practises of reading and viewing the Rubensian body? Can our criteria for eroticism be linked with that of Rubens? Was the body a ‘fluid’ category for Rubens and where does the boundary of the human body lie? It is hoped that these investigative questions will lead to a detailed evaluation about the paradigmatic status of the Rubensian body and whether we are justified in stressing its singularity within seventeenth-century Flemish and the broader early modern European visual culture.

Table of Contents

Cordula van Wyhe — Introduction. Getting under the Skin of the Imaged Body

Andreas Thielemann — Stone to Flesh: Rubens’s Treatise De imitatione statuarum

Jørgen Wadum and Anne Haack Christensen — Painting human flesh: Theory compared to Jacob Jordaens’ practice
Joost Vander Auwera — Size Matters! On the importance and significance of life-size figures in Rubens’ paintings
Suzanne J. Walker — Rubens’s Victims. Images of the Assaulted Male Body
Margit Thøfner — Milky Bosoms. Rubens, Breasts and Maternity
Karolien de Clippel — Vibrant Veils and Daring Draperies. On Rubens’ clothing of nymphs and goddesses
Jacques Bos — Rubens and early modern psychology
Lucy Davis — ‘On feet made unsteady by age and wine’: Rubens’ Silenus and Human Aging
Katerina Georgoulia — Rubens and Early Modern Dietary Science
Elizabeth McGrath — Black Bodies and Dionysiac Revels: Rubens’ Bacchic  Ethiopians.
Irene Schaudies — ‘Boistrous druncken headed imaginary gods’: Bacchic bodies of Rubens and Jordaens

Joanna Wooddall — Afterword

Interest Classification:
Fine Arts & Performing Arts
Art History (general)
Baroque art history

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