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Fleshing Out Surfaces: Skin in French Art and Medicine, 1650-1850

Mechthild Fend

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780719087967
eISBN:
9781526120724
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719087967.001.0001
Subject:
Art, Art History

Throughout the history of European painting, skin has been the most significant surface for artistic imitation, and flesh has been a privileged site of lifelikeness. Skin and flesh entertain complex ... More


Introduction

Mechthild Fend

in Fleshing Out Surfaces: Skin in French Art and Medicine, 1650-1850

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780719087967
eISBN:
9781526120724
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719087967.003.0001
Subject:
Art, Art History

The chapter introduces questions of skin and flesh tones via a discussion of Pedro Almódovar's 2011 film The Skin I live in. The film suggests a number of themes that are pertinent to this book: skin ... More


Skin colour

Mechthild Fend

in Fleshing Out Surfaces: Skin in French Art and Medicine, 1650-1850

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780719087967
eISBN:
9781526120724
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719087967.003.0005
Subject:
Art, Art History

This chapter shows that the notion of skin colour emerged only gradually since the sixteenth century and became a prominent marker of race in conjunction with the development of racial anthropology ... More


Nervous canvas

Mechthild Fend

in Fleshing Out Surfaces: Skin in French Art and Medicine, 1650-1850

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780719087967
eISBN:
9781526120724
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719087967.003.0003
Subject:
Art, Art History

This chapter looks at skin, sensibility and touch in painterly practice and the art literature on the one hand, and in medical as well as philosophical discourse on the other. It argues that the new ... More


Sensitive limit

Mechthild Fend

in Fleshing Out Surfaces: Skin in French Art and Medicine, 1650-1850

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780719087967
eISBN:
9781526120724
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719087967.003.0004
Subject:
Art, Art History

This chapter focuses on the significance of skin in neoclassical art and aesthetics. The most distinctive features of neoclassicism - an emphasis on the contour and a preference for more finished ... More


Seeing through the skin

Mechthild Fend

in Fleshing Out Surfaces: Skin in French Art and Medicine, 1650-1850

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780719087967
eISBN:
9781526120724
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719087967.003.0006
Subject:
Art, Art History

This chapter is dedicated to the function of skin in artistic anatomy. Anatomy, defined as a discipline that produces knowledge about the human body via dissection, tends to cut through the skin in ... More


Hermetic borderline

Mechthild Fend

in Fleshing Out Surfaces: Skin in French Art and Medicine, 1650-1850

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780719087967
eISBN:
9781526120724
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719087967.003.0007
Subject:
Art, Art History

This chapter focuses on a set of nudes and portraits by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres. It engages with the artist's ambivalent relationship with artistic anatomy and demonstrates the artist's ... More


Epilogue: segretation

Mechthild Fend

in Fleshing Out Surfaces: Skin in French Art and Medicine, 1650-1850

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780719087967
eISBN:
9781526120724
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719087967.003.0008
Subject:
Art, Art History

The epilogue focuses on Charles Blanc's 1867 Grammaire des arts du dessin, a normative theory of the visual arts. The author takes the traditional view that drawing unites all art forms and is ... More


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