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Description - Notorious Muse by Robyn Asleson

In this interdisciplinary volume, historians of art, literature, dress, and theater examine the impact of the actress on British art and culture of the Georgian era. From the celebrated doyennes of the stage to the demireps on the periphery of the profession, female performers are shown to have played a vital and hitherto under-appreciated role in the artist's studio, forging fruitful collaborations with leading artists and becoming nearly as influential in the studio as on the stage. Acting as models, muses, and patrons, actresses inspired a remarkable proliferation of images in which issues of theatricality, sexuality, and social mobility were explored in ways that were impossible in depictions of more "respectable" women.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780300100051
ISBN-10: 0300100051
Format: Hardback
(254mm x 177mm x 19mm)
Pages: 240
Imprint: Yale University Press
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publish Date: 9-May-2003
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Robyn Asleson

Robyn Asleson is former research associate with the National Gallery of Art, Washington, and of the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, California. She has been curator of two exhibitions of theatrical portraiture and is the author or coauthor of several books on British art, including British Paintings at the Huntington and Great British Paintings from American Collections, both published by Yale University Press.

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