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Thomas Eakins: Art, Medicine, and Sexuality in Nineteenth-Century Philadelphia

Thomas Eakins: Art, Medicine, and Sexuality in Nineteenth-Century Philadelphia

Amy Werbel
4.2/5 (9 ratings)
The life and work of Thomas Eakins , America’s most celebrated portrait painter, have long generated heated controversy. In this fresh and deeply researched interpretation of the artist, Amy Werbel sets Eakins in the context of Philadelphia’s scientific, medical, and artistic communities of the 19th century, and considers his provocative behavior in the light of other well-publicized scandals of his era. This illuminating perspective provides a rich, alternative account of Eakins and casts entirely new light on his renowned paintings.
Eakins’ modern critics have described his artistic motivations and beliefs as prurient and even pathological. Werbel challenges these interpretations and suggests instead that Eakins is best understood as an artist and teacher devoted to an exacting and profound study of the human body, to equality for women and men, and to middle-class meritocratic and Quaker philosophies.
Language
English
Pages
208
Format
Hardcover
Publisher
Yale University Press
Release
June 29, 2007
ISBN
0300116551
ISBN 13
9780300116557

Thomas Eakins: Art, Medicine, and Sexuality in Nineteenth-Century Philadelphia

Amy Werbel
4.2/5 (9 ratings)
The life and work of Thomas Eakins , America’s most celebrated portrait painter, have long generated heated controversy. In this fresh and deeply researched interpretation of the artist, Amy Werbel sets Eakins in the context of Philadelphia’s scientific, medical, and artistic communities of the 19th century, and considers his provocative behavior in the light of other well-publicized scandals of his era. This illuminating perspective provides a rich, alternative account of Eakins and casts entirely new light on his renowned paintings.
Eakins’ modern critics have described his artistic motivations and beliefs as prurient and even pathological. Werbel challenges these interpretations and suggests instead that Eakins is best understood as an artist and teacher devoted to an exacting and profound study of the human body, to equality for women and men, and to middle-class meritocratic and Quaker philosophies.
Language
English
Pages
208
Format
Hardcover
Publisher
Yale University Press
Release
June 29, 2007
ISBN
0300116551
ISBN 13
9780300116557

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