Women, art and the politics of identity in eighteenth-century Europe
- edited by Melissa Hyde, Jennifer Milam.
- Abingdon, Oxon ; New York : Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, 2016.
- Physical description
- 1 online resource (xviii, 310 pages) : illustrations.
- Women and gender in the early modern world.
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 284-302) and index.
- Introduction: Art, cultural politics and the woman question / Melissa Hyde, Jennifer Milam
- 'An ornament of Italy and the premier female painter of Europe': Rosalba Carriera and the Roman Academy / Christopher M.S. Johns
- Lovisa Ulrike of Sweden, Chardin and enlightened despotism / Paula Rea Radisich
- Practicing portraiture: Mademoiselle de Clermont and J.-M. Nattier / Kathleen Nicholson
- Commerce in the Boudoir / Jill H. Casid
- Matronage and the direction of sisterhood: portraits of Madame Adélaïde / Jennifer Milam
- Under the sign of Minerva: Adélaïde Labille-Guiard's Portrait of Madame Adélaïde / Melissa Hyde
- The cradle is empty: Élisabeth Vigée-Lebrun, Marie-Antoinette, and the problem of intention / Mary D. Sheriff
- Ancient matrons and modern patrons: Angelica Kauffman as a classical history painter / Wendy Wassyng Roworth
- Angelica's odyssey: Kauffman's paintings of Penelope and the weaving of narrative / Angela Rosenthal
- The 'other Atelier': Jacques-Louis David's female students / Mary Vidal
- Goya's portraits of the Duchess of Osuna: fashioning identity in enlightenment Spain / Andrew Schulz.
The eighteenth century is recognized as a complex period of dramatic epistemic shifts that would have profound effects on the modern world. Paradoxically, the art of the era continues to be a relatively neglected field within art history. While women's private lives, their involvement with cultural production, the project of Enlightenment, and the public sphere have been the subjects of ground-breaking historical and literary studies in recent decades, women's engagement with the arts remains one of the richest and most under-explored areas for scholarly investigation. This collection of new essays by specialist authors addresses women's activities as patrons and as "patronized" artists over the course of the century. It provides a much needed examination, with admirable breadth and variety, of women's artistic production and patronage during the eighteenth century. By opening up the specific problems and conflicts inherent in women's artistic involvements from the perspective of what was at stake for the eighteenth-century women themselves, it also acts as a corrective to the generalizing and stereotyping about the prominence of those women, which is too often present in current day literature. Some essays are concerned with how women's involvement in the arts allowed them to fashion identities for themselves (whether national, political, religious, intellectual, artistic, or gender-based) and how such self-fashioning in turn enabled them to negotiate or intervene in the public domains of culture and politics where "The Woman Question" was so hotly debated. Other essays examine how men's patronage of women also served as a vehicle for self-fashioning for both artist and sponsor. Artists and patrons discussed include: Carriera; Queen Lovisa Ulrike and Chardin; the Bourbon Princesses Mlle Clermont, Mme AdelaA-de and Nattier; the Duchess of Osuna and Goya; Marie-Antoinette and Vigee-Lebrun; Labille-Guiard; Queen Carolina of Naples, Prince Stanislaus Poniatowski of Poland and Kauffman; David and his students, Mesdames Benoist, Lavoisier and Mongez.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)
- Women painters > Europe > Biography > History and criticism.
- Painting, European > 18th century.
- Women art patrons > Europe.
- Women art collectors > Europe.
- Women > Europe > History > 18th century.
- Femmes peintres > France > Biographies > Histoire et critique.
- Peinture européenne > 18e siècle.
- Femmes mécènes > Europe.
- Collectionneuses d'art > Europe.
- Femmes > Europe > Histoire > 18e siècle.
- ART > History > General.
- BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY > Women.
- BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY > Artists, Architects, Photographers.
- Painting, European.
- Women art collectors.
- Women art patrons.
- Women painters > Biography.
- Vrouwelijke kunstenaars.
- Femme peintre.
- Peinture européenne.
- 18e siècle.
- Publication date
- Women and gender in the early modern world
- "First published 2003 by Ashgate Publishing."--Title page verso.
- "An Ashgate Books."--Cover.
- 9781351871730 (electronic bk.)
- 1351871730 (electronic bk.)