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Title :

Engaging the audience : sexual economies of vision in Joseph Wright

Author :
SIEGFRIED, Susan L. ;
Publication year :
1999
Language :
English ;
Abstract :
Considers the notion of looking - especially spectatorship by women - as evoked in the forge and scientific genre works of Wright of Derby, noting that in them the pleasure of looking is often linked to discomfort and, further, that this echoes society's uneasiness concerning women's roles as an audience for art and science. Observes that Wright had to involve women and children in his portrayed audiences in order to represent the complexities and range of affective response, as well as the fact that literary precedents for the explanation of science often involved women protagonists. Notes the importance of Erasmus Darwin as a popularizer and socializer of science in Derby. Describes the erotics and sadism attendant on much Enlightenment science, then concludes with a study of the Dressing the Kitten (London, Kenwood House), said here to focus on the perversity of female pleasure, as contrasted with the masculine focus of Three Persons Viewing the Gladiator by Candlelight (private collection). ;
Pagination/Size :
8 ill. ;
Topic :
530 - BIBLIOGRAPHIE D'HISTOIRE DE L'ART ;
French keywords :
Enfants ; Erotisme ; Femmes ; Forge ; Grande-Bretagne ; Iconographie ; Peinture ; Sadisme ; Sciences ; Sexe (catégorie) ; Siècle des lumières ; Spectateurs ; Wright, Joseph (Wright of Derby), 1734-1797 ; 1700-1800 ;
Descriptors :
Children ; Enlightenment ; Eroticism ; Forges ; Gender (sex) ; Great Britain ; Iconography ; Painting ; Sadism ; Science ; Spectators ; Women ; Wright, Joseph (Wright of Derby), 1734-1797 ; 1700-1800 ;
Document type :
Article ;
Source :
Representations (Berkeley, Calif.), 1999, 68, fall
INIST identifier :
24974813 ;
ISSN :
ISSN 0734-6018 ;
Provenance :
Bibliographie d'Histoire de l'Art ;
Publisher :
University of California Press, Berkeley, CA
Publisher country :
UNITED STATES ;