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Title: The body of art history : writing, embodiment, and the connoisseurial imagination
Author: Ventrella, Francesco
Awarding Body: University of Leeds
Current Institution: University of Leeds
Date of Award: 2012
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This doctoral dissertation is concentrated around a series of primary texts by Giovanni Morelli, Bernard Berenson and Vernon Lee and, rather than articulating a monographic account of_their methods, it favours the outline of a constellation of problematics capable of interrogating the representation of the body in art historical writing by focusing on connoisseurship. Connoisseurship is based on the physical examination of paintings. Although connoisseurship is based on the reading of anatomical details (mainly) in painting, the textual accounts of the connoisseurs demonstrate that the body is always evacuated when writing is trying to make it more obvious. This study examines the theoretical and historical preconditions by means of which connoisseurship was introduced as a scientific method towards the end of the nineteenth-century and it proposes an investigation of connoisseurs' jargon of exactness under the light of the mimetic problematic of modernity as a way to undermine the patriarchal and heterononnative formations of identity
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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