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Women in the Picture: What Culture Does with Female Bodies

Women in the Picture: What Culture Does with Female Bodies

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Venus, maiden, wife, mother, monster--women have been bound so long by these restrictive roles, codified by patriarchal culture, that we scarcely see them. Catherine McCormack illuminates the assumptions behind these stereotypes whether writ large or subtly hidden. She ranges through Western art--think Titian, Botticelli, and Millais--and the image-saturated world of fashion photographs, advertisements, and social media, and boldly counters these depictions by turning to the work of women artists like Morisot, Ringgold, Lacy, and Walker, who offer alternative images for exploring women's identity, sexuality, race, and power in more complex ways.

Author: Catherine McCormack
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Published: 11/16/2021
Pages: 240
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.50lbs
Size: 8.40h x 5.70w x 0.70d
ISBN: 9780393542080

Review Citation(s):
Publishers Weekly 09/13/2021
Kirkus Reviews 09/15/2021
Library Journal 10/15/2021 pg. 1

About the Author
Catherine McCormack is a writer, historian, independent curator, and author of The Art of Looking Up. She is the founder of the women and art study program at Sotheby's Institute of Art, where she teaches. She earned her PhD in art history from University College London. Her writing has appeared in the Independent and the Architectural Review. She lives in London.

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