Publication : “Fleshing out Surfaces : Skin in French Art and Medicine, 1650–1850”.

FEND Mechthild, Fleshing out Surfaces : Skin in French Art and Medicine, 1650–1850, Manchester, Manchester University Press, 2016, 376 p.
FEND Mechthild, Fleshing out Surfaces : Skin in French Art and Medicine, 1650–1850, Manchester, Manchester University Press, 2016, 376 p.

Présentation de l’éditeur :

Fleshing out Surfaces is the first English-language book on skin and flesh tones in art. It considers flesh and skin in art theory, image making, and medical discourse in seventeenth- to nineteenth-century France. Describing a gradual shift between the early modern and the modern period, it argues that what artists made when imitating human nakedness was not always the same. Initially understood in terms of the body’s substance—of flesh tones and body colour—it became increasingly a matter of skin, skin colour, and surfaces. Each chapter is dedicated to a different notion of skin and its colour, from flesh tones via a membrane imbued with nervous energy to hermetic borderline. Looking in particular at works by Fragonard, David, Girodet, Benoist, and Ingres, the focus is on portraits, as facial skin is a special arena for testing painterly skills and a site where the body and the image become equally expressive.

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Maxime Georges Métraux (2016, 5 août). Publication : “Fleshing out Surfaces : Skin in French Art and Medicine, 1650–1850”. Groupe de Recherche en Histoire de l'Art Moderne. Consulté le 28 février 2024, à l’adresse https://doi.org/10.58079/p66q

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Maxime Georges Métraux

Doctorant en Histoire de l'art moderne (Université Paris IV –Sorbonne, Centre André Chastel – UMR 8150). Expert pour la galerie Hubert Duchemin et chargé d’enseignement à l'Université Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée. Commissaire scientifique de l’exposition "Chic Emprise : Cultures, usages et sociabilités du tabac du XVIe au XVIIIe siècle" (22 juin - 23 septembre 2019) au musée du Nouveau Monde de La Rochelle.

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