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New Book | Portraiture and Politics in Revolutionary France

Posted in books, Member News by Editor on June 16, 2014

From Penn State UP:

Amy Freund, Portraiture and Politics in Revolutionary France (University Park: The Pennsylvania State University Press, 2014), 312 pages, ISBN: 978-0271061948, $85.

9780271061948_p0_v1_s600Portraiture and Politics in Revolutionary France challenges widely held assumptions about both the genre of portraiture and the political and cultural role of images in France at the beginning of the nineteenth century. After 1789, portraiture came to dominate French visual culture because it addressed the central challenge of the Revolution: how to turn subjects into citizens. Revolutionary portraits allowed sitters and artists to appropriate the means of representation, both aesthetic and political, and articulate new forms of selfhood and citizenship, often in astonishingly creative ways. The triumph of revolutionary portraiture also marks a turning point in the history of art, when seriousness of purpose and aesthetic ambition passed from the formulation of historical narratives to the depiction of contemporary individuals. This shift had major consequences for the course of modern art production and its engagement with the political and the contingent.

Amy Freund is Assistant Professor of Art at Texas Christian University.

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C O N T E N T S

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 Selling Citizenship
2 The Legislative Body
3 Aux Armes, Citoyens!
The Terror
4 The Citoyenne Tallien in Prison
5 The National Elysée
6 Duty and Happiness
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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