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Mechthild Fend

in Fleshing Out Surfaces

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print January 2017 | ISBN: 9780719087967
Published online May 2017 | e-ISBN: 9781526120724 | DOI:

Series: Rethinking Arts Histories MUP

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This chapter focuses on the significance of skin in neoclassical art and aesthetics. The most distinctive features of neoclassicism - an emphasis on the contour and a preference for more finished surfaces - are understood as elements crucial for the visual formation and understanding of the human body, its surface and borderlines. The culture of neoclassicism, extending well beyond the realm of art and art discourse, was generally characterised by a heightened concern with the shaping of the body and the safeguarding of its boundaries. Skin as the body's physical demarcation, was increasingly...

Keywords: body; borderline; contour; Dictionnaire des beaux-arts; French Revolution; neoclassicism; self; skin; Bichat, Xavier; David, Jacques-Louis

Chapter.  14593 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Art

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