Moved by Love
Inspired Artists and Deviant Women in Eighteenth-Century France New edition
By (author) Mary D. Sheriff
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Moved by Love by Mary D. Sheriff
Book DescriptionIn eighteenth-century France, the ability to "lose oneself" in a character or scene marked both great artists and ideal spectators. Yet it was also thought this same passionate enthusiasm, if taken to unreasonable extremes, could lead to sexual deviance, mental illness, and even death. Women and artists were seen as especially susceptible to these negative consequences of creative enthusiasm - and women artists doubly so. Mary D. Sheriff uses these very different visions of artistic enthusiasm to explore the complex interrelationships among creativity, sexuality, the body, and the mind in eighteenth-century France. Drawing on evidence from the visual arts, literature, philosophy, and medicine, she scrutinizes the different forms of deviance ascribed to male and female artists. Sheriff also demonstrates that the perceived connections among sexuality, creativity, and disease also opened artistic opportunities for women - and creative women took full advantage of them.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780226752884
(229mm x 152mm x 23mm)
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 5-Dec-2008
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Mary D. Sheriff
Exceptional Woman, Paperback (November 1997)» View all books by Mary D. Sheriff
A court-painter to Marie Antoinette, Elisabeth Vigee-LeBrun was rediscovered in the 1970s as part of the "hidden feminist heritage". This text uses her career to explore the position of "woman-artist" in the moral, philosophical, professional and medical debates about women in 18th-century France.
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Author Biography - Mary D. Sheriff
Mary D. Sheriff is the Daniel W. Patterson Distinguished Term Professor of Art and department chair at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is the author of The Exceptional Woman: Elisabeth Vigee-Lebrun and the Cultural Politics of Art and Fragonard: Art and Eroticism, both published by the University of Chicago Press.
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