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Figuring faith and female power in the art of Rubens

Figuring Faith and Female Power in the Art of Rubens argues that the Baroque painter, propagandist, and diplomat, Peter Paul Rubens, was not only aware of rapidly shifting religious and cultural attitudes toward women, but actively engaged in shaping them. Today, Rubens's paintings continue to...

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Main Author: Lyon, J. Vanessa (Author, VerfasserIn)
Document Type: Online Resource Book
Language:English
Published: Amsterdam : Amsterdam University Press , 2020
Series:Visual and material culture, 1300-1700 22
Online Access:lizenzpflichtig
Author Notes:J. Vanessa Lyon
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Summary:Figuring Faith and Female Power in the Art of Rubens argues that the Baroque painter, propagandist, and diplomat, Peter Paul Rubens, was not only aware of rapidly shifting religious and cultural attitudes toward women, but actively engaged in shaping them. Today, Rubens's paintings continue to be used -- and abused -- to prescribe and proscribe certain forms of femininity. Repositioning some of the artist's best-known works within seventeenth-century Catholic theology and female court culture, this book provides a feminist corrective to a body of art historical scholarship in which studies of gender and religion are often mutually exclusive. Moving chronologically through Rubens's lengthy career, the author shows that, in relation to the powerful women in his life, Rubens figured the female form as a transhistorical carrier of meaning whose devotional and rhetorical efficacy was heightened rather than diminished by notions of female difference and particularity.
Item Description:Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 20 Nov 2020)
Physical Description:1 online resource (248 pages) digital, PDF file(s).
ISBN:9789048536665
9789462985513