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Body Building : Reforming Masculinities in British Art 1750-1810 (Hardcover)

Author: Myrone, Martin

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This original book explores the radical transformation of the heroic male body in late eighteenth-century British art. It ranges across a period in which a modern art world was established, taking into account the lives and careers of a succession of major figures--from Benjamin West and Gavin Hamilton to Henry Fuseli, John Flaxman and William Blake--and influential institutions, from the Royal Academy to the commercial galleries of the 1790s.Organized around the historical traumas of the Seven Years' War (1756-63), the War of American Independence (1775-83) and the French Revolution and Revolutionary Wars (1789-1815), "Bodybuilding" places the visual representation of the hero at the heart of a series of narratives about social and economic change, gender identity, and the transformation of cultural value on the eve of modernity. The book offers a vivid image of a critical period in Britain's cultural history and establishes a new framework for the study of late-eighteenth-century art and gender.


Publisher Yale Univ Pr
Mfg Part# 9780300110050
SKU 202133555
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0300110057
Release Date 3/8/2006
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Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0352
Publisher Yale University Press
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