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Women in the picture : what culture does with female bodies  Cover Image Book Book

Women in the picture : what culture does with female bodies / Catherine McCormack.

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  • ISBN: 9780393542080
  • ISBN: 0393542084
  • Physical Description: v, 231 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
  • Edition: First American edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : W.W. Norton & Company, 2021.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references.
Formatted Contents Note:
Venus -- Mothers -- Maidens and dead damsels -- Monstrous women.
Summary, etc.:
"Art historian Catherine McCormack challenges how culture teaches us to see and value women, their bodies, and their lives. Cultural archetypes have long been used to subjugate women, binding them within the restrictive roles of Venus, bride, wife, mother, and monster. These portrayals echo throughout the paintings and sculptures of western art--Titian, Botticelli, and Giambologna--and more contemporaneously in fashion photographs, ads, and across social media. By society empowering men to represent women, women imbibe a distorted vision of themselves and their bodies, coming up against notions of impossible beauty, idealized passivity and violence, and horrifying Medusas. In this impassioned work, art historian Catherine McCormack evaluates the production and display of portrayals of women, exposing the underlying meanings, whether overt or symbolic. She counters them by turning to women artists like Berthe Morisot, Beyoncé, Suzanne Lacy, and Faith Ringgold. These women have been overturning confining depictions of identity, sexuality, race, and power to explore the breadth and multiplicity of women's visions of their own lives"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Women in art.
Sex role in art.
Man-woman relationships.
Art and society.
Art and society.
Man-woman relationships.
Sex role in art.
Women in art.

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Burlington Public Library 704.9424 MCCORMAC 2021 39851001648717 New Non-fiction Available -

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