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Collecting bodies: art, medicine and sexuality in late nineteenth-century France.

Hunter, M.; (2007) Collecting bodies: art, medicine and sexuality in late nineteenth-century France. Doctoral thesis , University of London. Green open access

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Abstract

This thesis examines the interconnected discourses of art and medicine during the late nineteenth century in Paris by exploring the effects the 'medicalization' of society had on visual culture and, concurrently, the effects that artistic styles and conventions had on medical iconography. It investigates how artists and doctors worked together to produce realistic representations of bodies, diseases and sexualities. By concentrating on the portraits of three men of science and medicine (Louis Pasteur, Jules Emile Pean and Jean-Martin Charcot) exhibited at the 1887 Salon in Paris, as well as the many images and objects that these men collected, commissioned and created, this thesis explores how artists appropriated, and sought to imitate, the scientific model in order to construct representations of bodies that were considered as real and truthful as possible. By examining the competing claims to truth made by different mediums, stylistic practices and professions, this thesis questions realist claims to objectivity and sincerity, and explores realisms' multiple roles and guises.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Title: Collecting bodies: art, medicine and sexuality in late nineteenth-century France.
Identifier: PQ ETD:592101
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Thesis digitised by ProQuest. Pages 242-327, containing illustrations, have been removed from the ethesis for copyright reasons
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of History of Art
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1444792
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