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The Preacher's Wife

Harry Berger Jr.

in Manhood, Marriage, and Mischief

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print April 2006 | ISBN: 9780823225569
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823240937 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823225569.003.0010
The Preacher's Wife

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Wives got a better deal in pendants simply because they occupied their own picture space, and it also implies that they had enough input and influence to affect the production ratio. According to David Smith, painters often treat the wife in a double portrait reasonably well—so long as her pose demonstrates appropriate support and devotion, a condition that by no means excludes emphasis on her autonomy. Schama reads the visual interaction between the sitters as “a portrait of a partnership,” that is, he reads it not merely as the iconic sign of an act of posing but as the index to a more enduring “relationship” and to its “essential human truth.” As the author's modifications of Schama's reading depend on that reading, they are vulnerable to the criticism leveled by Stephanie Dickey in her important new study of Rembrandt.

Keywords: pendants; David Smith; Schama; wives; partnership; relationship; Rembrandt; Stephanie Dickey

Chapter.  2010 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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