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    Metamorphosis of the self in early modern Spain: slave portraiture and the case of Juan de Pareja

    Fracchia, Carmen (2013) Metamorphosis of the self in early modern Spain: slave portraiture and the case of Juan de Pareja. In: Lugo-Ortiz, A. and Rosenthal, A. (eds.) Slave Portraiture in the Atlantic World. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, pp. 146-169. ISBN 9781107004399.

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    Abstract

    Book synopsis: Slave Portraiture in the Atlantic World is the first book to focus on the individualized portrayal of enslaved people from the time of Europe's full engagement with plantation slavery in the late sixteenth century to its final official abolition in Brazil in 1888. While this period saw the emergence of portraiture as a major field of representation in Western art, 'slave' and 'portraiture' as categories appear to be mutually exclusive. On the one hand, the logic of chattel slavery sought to render the slave's body as an instrument for production, as the site of a non-subject. Portraiture, on the contrary, privileged the face as the primary visual matrix for the representation of a distinct individuality. Essays address this apparent paradox of 'slave portraits' from a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives, probing the historical conditions that made the creation of such rare and enigmatic objects possible and exploring their implications for a more complex understanding of power relations under slavery

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    Item Type: Book Section
    School: School of Arts > Cultures and Languages
    Research Centres and Institutes: Iberian and Latin American Visual Studies, Centre for (CILAVS)
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2014 14:14
    Last Modified: 12 Dec 2016 13:43
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/10207

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