Nouvelle acquisition : The Age of Undress : Art, Fashion, and the Classical Ideal in the 1790s
The Age of Undress : Art, Fashion, and the Classical Ideal in the 1790s
New Haven : Yale University Press, 2020, 215 p.
Amelia Rauser investigates this sudden transformation and argues that women styled themselves as living statues, artworks come to life, an aesthetic and philosophical choice intertwined with the experiments and innovations of artists working in other media during the same period. Although neoclassicism is often considered a cold, rational, and masculine movement, Rauser’s analysis shows that it was actually deeply passionate, with women at its core—as ideals and allegories, as artistic agents, and as important patrons.
Amelia Rauser is a specialist on eighteenth-century European visual culture andprofessor of Art History at Franklin & Marshall College, Pennsylvania. Her publications include Caricature Unmaket: Irony, Authenticity and Individualism in Eighteenth-Century Britain (2008).