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Title :

'To make women weep' : ugly art as 'feminine' and the origins of modern aesthetics

Author :
HAMBURGER, Jeffrey E. ;
Publication year :
1997
Language :
English ;
Abstract :
Explores the opposition between affective response and artistic quality, an opposition noted by Michelangelo as well as earlier writers, such as Theodulf of Orléans. Women were thought to be the primary and formative audiences for devotional imagery in northern Europe, and the meanings of these images were as much defined by affective response as by their aesthetic qualities. Andachtsbilder, or devotional images, of northern Europe often feature an abject aesthetic, and have entered the canon of art history.ever, the author observes that another group of works, Kleine Andachtsbilder (small devotional images), also called Nonnenarbeiten or nuns's work, are frequently held in contempt and dismised as products of popular piety. Hamburger argues that on closer examination, they address their onlookers in surprisingly complex and compelling ways. In addition to their idiosyncratic iconography and style, they possess a distinctive visual rhetoric closely geared to the aspirations and training of their monastic audience. Incorporates discussion of several manuscript illuminations created by nuns, and contrasts Michelangelo's Pietà (Rome, S. Peter) with northern Pietà imagery. ;
Pagination/Size :
19 ill. ;
Topic :
530 - BIBLIOGRAPHIE D'HISTOIRE DE L'ART ;
French keywords :
Abjection ; Artistes ; Beau, Le ; Ecrits ; Enluminure ; Esthétique ; Femmes ; Féminité ; Iconographie chrétienne ; Imagerie de dévotion ; Laideur ; Michelangelo Buonarroti, 1475-1564 ; Nonnenbuch ; Pietà ; Religieuses ; Roma (ITA), Vaticano, S. Pietro ; Sculpture ; Théodulf, évêque d'Orléans, 750-821 ; 1100-1500 ;
Descriptors :
Abjection ; Aesthetics ; Artists ; Beauty (concept) ; Christian iconography ; Devotional imagery ; Femininity ; Manuscript illumination ; Michelangelo Buonarroti, 1475-1564 ; Nonnenbücher ; Nuns ; Pietà ; Roma (ITA), Vaticano, S. Pietro ; Sculpture ; Théodulf, bishop of Orléans, 750-821 ; Ugliness ; Women ; Writings ; 1100-1500 ;
Document type :
Article ;
Source :
Res (Cambridge, Mass.), 1997, 31, spring
INIST identifier :
24985368 ;
ISSN :
ISSN 0277-1322 ;
Provenance :
Bibliographie d'Histoire de l'Art ;
Publisher :
Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Publisher country :
UNITED STATES ;