The nude and the norm in the early modern low countries

DE CLIPPEL Karolien, VAN CauTEREN Katharina, VAN DER STIGHELEN Katlijne

The nude and the norm in the early modern low countries

Turnhout : Brepols, 2011, 220 p.

ISBN 978-2-503-53569-2

Résumé :

In a 2003 Spanish movie, a woman and a man are quarreling over a book illustrating Rubens’ painting of the Three Graces from the Prado. The voluptuous bodies of Rubens’ nacked women are discussed within the context of a nuptial crisis. The former actress Iciar Bollain received seven Premios Goya for her impressive film Take my eyes / Te doy mis ojos. The woman, Pilar, is a victim of domestic abuse who tries to set up a new life, boosted by her training as a guide to the local art treasures of Toledo. Her husband does not tolerate that she introduces a small audience to ‘sensual pictures and paintings’. He is afraid that he will lose her because of her relation with art. The film deals with serious issues, hinting at the inescapable complexities of human sensuality in relation to art. From the beginning of the 16th century onwards, the nude grew into one of the most appealing subjects in Netherlandish painting. This success can largely be explained by the prestige the Renaissance attached to those images, in the belief that the depiction of the nude was the loftiest ambition a painter could pursue. Rubens, a seminal figure in this context, also adhered to this view and – compelled by other reasons as well – introduced nude figures into countless compositions. However, their popularity notwithstanding, representations of the nude were under scrutiny and met with resistance from spokesmen of the official moral, and from at least part of the broader population. The aim of this volume consists in clarifying this ambiguity. In the course of the last decades, research from various perspectives has contributes significantly to our understanding of the concept of the nude and the naked in early modern times.

Table des matières :

Katlijne Van der Stighelen, Introduction
Eric Jan Sluijter, The Nude, the Artist and the Model : The Case of Rembrandt
Erna Kok, The Female Nude from Life : On Studio Practice and Beholder Fantasy
Victoria Sancho Lobis, Printed Drawing Books and the Dissemination of Ideal Male Anatomy in Northern Europe
Paul Taylor, Colouring Nakedness in Netherlandish Art and Theory
Hubert Meeus, Two Founts of Ivory: Nudity on Stage in the Seventeenth Century Low Countries
Johan Verberckmoes, Is that Flesh for Sale? Seventeenth-Century Jests on Nudity in the Spanish Netherlands
Ralph Dekoninck, Art Stripped Bare by the Theologians, Even : Image of Nudity / Nudity of Image in the Post-Tridentine Religious Literature
Veerle De Laet, Een Naeckt Kindt, een Naeckt Vrauwken ende Andere Figueren: An Analysis of Nude Representations in the Brussels Domestic Setting

Axe de recherches :

  • Équipe 1 : Histoire de l’art : formes, dynamiques, interprétation

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