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Intro -- Contents -- Preface -- Part I: Visible becomes Invisible Gender Construction in Rembrandt's Works -- 1 On Female Representation or On the disappearance of male protagonists from the field of representation -- An alternative to traditional patterns of femininity? - Bathsheba -- Reversals - Woman in Bed -- Discourses on femininity -- Dangerous gazes - Susanna -- Fatal looks and a laughing nymph - Diana and her Nymphs Bathing, with Actaeon and Callisto -- Where have all the men gone? -- On the discourse of rape - Lucretia -- Sources and their re-interpretations -- Lucretia fever -- Social practice -- Rembrandt - An entirely different Lucretia? -- Radical positions -- Querelle des Femmes -- 2 On Male Representation or On the disappearance of female protagonists from the field of representation -- Differences -- The impossible reversal I - women as 'rapists' or Potiphar's Wife -- The impossible reversal II - erotic images of men for a female gaze? -- Self-Images - Self-Portraits -- De Staalmeesters or Public representation is male -- Historical summary -- The group portrait -- De Staalmeesters -- 3 Asymmetry. Gender Relations in the Field of Sexuality -- Danaë or How the male sex partner was made invisible -- Pornography? -- One objection and three possible answers - Rembrandt's erotic graphic works -- 4 Summary -- Part I: Plates 1 - 8 -- Part II: Invisible becomes Visible Painting, not Mimesis -- 1 Mirror, Mirror on the Wall … Woman before the Mirror by Frans van Mieris -- 2 The Picture within the Picture or Conveying the world through media Woman Holding a Balance by Vermeer -- The Final Judgment as the norm? -- The balance -- A Catholic work of art? -- Aesthetic staging -- New views on Vermeer -- Contemporary discourses - Spinoza -- The Final Judgment as an outdated image.
3 Farewell to Lessing's Laocoon: Leaving behind a Methodological Dispute Gabriel Metsu's A Woman Reading a Letter -- (Love)Letters -- Metsu's A Woman Reading a Letter -- Language and images - a methodological dispute among art historians -- The dichotomy of language and image -- Farewell, Laocoon … -- 4 The Gender of Letters -- 5 Affect / Emotion / Imagination -- Affects: Dirck Hals -- Emotion: Rembrandt -- Affect awareness (Affekt-Wissen) -- Interiorization: Vermeer -- Imagination: Hoogstraten -- Coda -- Part II: Plates 9 -14 -- Literature -- Illustrations -- Image credits -- Publisher's note.
The book addresses the debates on Rembrandt, Metsu, Vermeer, and Hoogstraten that are currently taking place in art history and cultural studies. These focus mainly on the representation of gender difference, the relationship between text and image, and the emotional discourse. They are also an appeal for art history as a form of cultural studies that analyses the semantic potential of art within discursive and social contemporary practices.
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2019. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries.