The Temperamental Nude: Class, Medicine and Representation in eighteenth-century France - Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment 2010:05 (Paperback)Tony Halliday (author)
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Although discredited by seventeenth-century scientists, temperament theory - which attributed human moods to the interaction of four distinct bodily fluids or `humours' - was refashioned a century later to create a moral and physiological typology of social classes. This revival was the work of leading physiologists of the time, but the impact of their thinking extended far beyond medicine to embrace the history of ideas and, in particular, the representation of the human body in art.
In this richly-illustrated book, Tony Halliday argues that matters of artistic representation were closely connected to medical and political discourses throughout the later eighteenth century, especially during the successive phases of the French Revolution. He explores the effects of the reworked theory of humours on visual representation, focusing on:
Publisher: Liverpool University Press
Number of pages: 319
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
- French Studies, vol. 66, issue 3