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Le portrait en malade. Histoire de sa face cachée

Authors
Journal
Intermédialités Histoire et théorie des arts des lettres et des techniques
1705-8546
Publisher
Consortium Erudit
Publication Date
Issue
8
Identifiers
DOI: 10.7202/1005538ar
Disciplines
  • Biology
  • History
  • Linguistics
  • Medicine

Abstract

This study is devoted to the interpretation of the portrait of sickness. It tries to show how, in the literature on art at the Renaissance and in the contemporary art historian's discourses, portraits representing various pathologies have been subjected to a “euphemisation,” in which the good health of painting has always been privileged, to the detriment of a more convincing interpretation of the pathological portrait. Through the analysis of various portraits of individuals suffering from smallpox, syphilis and other pathologies common during the Renaissance, this article shows how the representation of the pathological face questions the very status of the portrait.

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