Poussin's Women: Sex and Gender in the Artist's Works (Visual and Material Culture, 1300-1700)

December 4, 2020
Poussin's Women: Sex and Gender in the Artist's Works (Visual and Material Culture, 1300-1700)

Poussin’s Women: Sex and Gender in the Artist’s Worksexamines the paintings and drawings of the well-knownseventeenth-century French painter Nicolas Poussin (1594-1665) froma gender studies perspective, focusing on a critical analysis ofhis representations of women. The book’s thematic chaptersinvestigate Poussin’s women in their roles as predators, as lustfulor the objects of lust, as lovers, killers, victims, heroines, ormodels of virtue. Poussin’s paintings reflect issues of genderwithin his social situation as he consciously or unconsciouslyarticulated its conflicts and assumptions. A gender studiesapproach brings to light new critical insights that illuminate howthe artist represented women, both positively and negatively,within the framework in his seventeenth-century culture. This bookcovers the artist’s works from Classical mythology, Roman history,Tasso, and the Bible. It serves as a good overview of Poussin as anartist, discussing the latest research and including newinterpretations of his major works.