The Portrait bust and French cultural politics in the eighteenth century

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In The Portrait Bust and French Cultural Politics in the Eighteenth Century, Ronit Milano probes the rich and complex aesthetic and intellectual charge of a remarkably concise art form, and explores its role as a powerful agent of epistemological change during one of the most seismic moments in French history. The pre-Revolutionary portrait bust was inextricably tied to the formation of modern selfhood and to the construction of individual identity during the Enlightenment, while positioning both sitters and viewers as part of a collective of individuals who together formed French society. In analyzing the contribution of the portrait bust to the construction of interiority and the formulation of new gender roles and political ideals, this book touches upon a set of concerns that constitute the very core of our modernity.--
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLeiden
Number of pages228
ISBN (Electronic)9789004276253
ISBN (Print)9789004276246
StatePublished - Mar 2015

Publication series

NameBrill's studies on art, art history, and intellectual history
Volumevolume 8

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History
  • Religious studies
  • Philosophy


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