Figuring Faith and Female Power in the Art of Rubens
Title
Figuring Faith and Female Power in the Art of Rubens
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€ 109,00
ISBN
9789462985513
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Hardback
Number of pages
256
Language
English
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Dimensions
17 x 24 cm
Table of Contents
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Introduction
Prologue
Chapter One. Samson and Dilemma: Rubens Confronts the Woman on Top
Chapter Two. Making Assumptions: Marian Tropes After Italy
Chapter Three
-Part One. Recycling Sovereignty: Maria de' Medici
-Part Two. Figuring Faith and Female Power: Isabel Clara Eugenia
Chapter Four. Peace Embraces Plenty: Queering Female Virtue at Whitehall
Chapter Five. Feminizing Rubens in the Seventeenth Century
Epilogue
Index
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"Lyon’s book represents a useful source for new perspectives on Rubens’s relation to women and the representation of the female form. Her concluding epilogue, advocating for new modes of inquiry that expand feminist methodology beyond the scope of her book, points to a growing awareness of critical race studies, intersectionality of gender and race, and Queer theory by early modern art historians that opens new and welcome approaches to the history of art."
- Marilyn Dunn, Canadian Journal of Netherlandic Studies, 41.1 (2021)

J. Vanessa Lyon

Figuring Faith and Female Power in the Art of Rubens

Figuring Faith and Female Power in the Art of Rubens argues that the Baroque painter, propagandist, and diplomat, Peter Paul Rubens, was not only aware of rapidly shifting religious and cultural attitudes toward women, but actively engaged in shaping them. Today, Rubens’s paintings continue to be used -- and abused -- to prescribe and proscribe certain forms of femininity. Repositioning some of the artist’s best-known works within seventeenth-century Catholic theology and female court culture, this book provides a feminist corrective to a body of art historical scholarship in which studies of gender and religion are often mutually exclusive. Moving chronologically through Rubens’s lengthy career, the author shows that, in relation to the powerful women in his life, Rubens figured the female form as a transhistorical carrier of meaning whose devotional and rhetorical efficacy was heightened rather than diminished by notions of female difference and particularity.
Author

J. Vanessa Lyon

J. Vanessa Lyon, who received her PhD from the University of California at Berkeley, is Associate Professor of Art History at Bennington College. Her essays concerning early modern British and Flemish art and religion have appeared in Word & Image, The Huntington Library Quarterly, and Art History.