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Title: Women writers on art and perceptions of the female connoisseur, 1780-1860
Author: Palmer, Caroline Elizabeth
Awarding Body: Oxford Brookes University
Current Institution: Oxford Brookes University
Date of Award: 2009
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It has been suggested that women were broadly excluded from the art world of the eighteenth century because of prevailing views on female taste, which considered them incapable of appreciating high art. Satirical representations of women spectators suggest a vulgar mode of art-viewing, associated with a preference for gaudy colour and excessive finish, and for portraiture over history painting, reversing the academic canon. A survey of periodicals reveals that such stereotypes persisted throughout the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. However, my investigation of women's writing on art between 1780 and 1860 indicates the extent of their involvement in the art world.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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