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Thomas Eakins : art, medicine, and sexuality in nineteenth-century Philadelphia

Author: Amy Beth Werbel
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Modern critics of Eakins have described his artistic motivations and beliefs as prurient and even pathological. Amy Werbel challenges these interpretations and suggests instead that Eakins is best understood as a socially progressive artist and teacher devoted to an exacting and profound study of the human body, to equality for women and men, and to middle-class meritocratic and Quaker philosophies." "Anchored by a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Thomas Eakins; Thomas Eakins; Thomas Eakins
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Amy Beth Werbel
ISBN: 9780300116557 0300116551
OCLC Number: 71812838
Description: xii, 194 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 27 cm.
Contents: From Benjamin Franklin to Thomas Eakins : a century of Philadelphia scientists, artists, and provocateurs --
The Agnew Clinic, the Gross Clinic, the Crucifixion, and Swimming : dissecting Eakins' paintings --
Body casts and "anatomical eyes" : Thomas Eakins, William Williams Keen, and the curriculum at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts --
Art, pornography, freak shows, medical pictures, and the guilty pleasures of photography in nineteenth-century Philadelphia --
Scandalous exposures : the trials of Thomas Eakins, William Smith Forbes, and Oscar Wilde --
Conclusion : Thomas Eakins' family values.
Responsibility: Amy Werbel.
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The life and work of Thomas Eakins, America's most celebrated portrait painter, have long generated heated controversy. This book sets Eakins in the context of Philadelphia's scientific, medical, and  Read more...

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