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    Images of women and ideas of nation in nineteenth-century Spanish historical painting

    Martin Perez, Celia (2010) Images of women and ideas of nation in nineteenth-century Spanish historical painting. The Journal of International Social Research 3 (13), ISSN 1307-9581.

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    History painting was the dominant form of academic painting in the nineteenth century. It emanated from the need to reinterpret the national past in order to consolidate the process of nation formation that took place throughout this period in Europe. In Spain, this genre privileged portrayals of historical women in an attempt to provoke a stronger emotional response from the viewer. My aim in this paper is to show the dynamics of representation in these paintings where the body of a woman, which in iconographic traditions have nearly always represented as subjugated, is also the body of a political figure, and the role these works may have played in constructing notions of national identity and womanhood. For this purpose, I have chosen the following paintings for examination: Death of Lucretia painted by Eduardo Rosales in 1871; two works that bear the same name and subject The Cid’s daughters, produced by Dióscolo de la Puebla in 1871 and Ignacio Pinazo in 1879; Mariana Pineda being taken to the scaffold (1862) by Isidoro Lozano and Mariana Pineda bidding her farewell by Isidoro Lozano (1862); and Pradilla’s Juana the madwoman of 1878.


    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Creative Arts, Culture and Communication
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 04 Aug 2014 13:56
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:35


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