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Fleshing Out Surfaces: Skin in French Art and Medicine, 1650-1850

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Fleshing Out Surfaces: Skin in French Art and Medicine, 1650-1850

Mechthild Fend

Throughout the history of European painting, skin has been the most significant surface for artistic imitation, and flesh has been a privileged site of lifelikeness. Skin and flesh entertain complex metaphorical relationships with artefacts, images, their making and materiality: fabricated surfaces are often described as skins, skin and colour have a longstanding connection, and paint is frequently associated with flesh. This book considers flesh and skin in art theory ... Read more

 

 

 

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