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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, image making and medical discourse and focuses on seventeenth to nineteenth-century France. It describes a gradual shift betw ... More

Keywords: art theory, France 1600-1900, artistic anatomy 1700-1900, colour, flesh tones, history of the body, materiality, medical History, 1600-1900, painting, France 1700-1850, painterly practice, skin colour, skin

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780719087967
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719087967.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mechthild Fend, author
University College London