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DEFINING BY DIFFERENCE: THE LEGACY OF THE PUDICA GESTURE IN MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE ART

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Title:
DEFINING BY DIFFERENCE: THE LEGACY OF THE PUDICA GESTURE IN MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE ART
Physical Description:
Book
Language:
English
Creator:
Robison, Rachel
Publisher:
New College of Florida
Place of Publication:
Sarasota, Fla.
Publication Date:

Thesis/Dissertation Information

Degree:
Bachelor's ( B.A.)
Degree Grantor:
New College of Florida
Degree Divisions:
Humanities
Area of Concentration:
Art History
Faculty Sponsor:
Carrasco, Malena

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Genre:
bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, territorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
born-digital   ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Notes

Abstract:
Created by the Greek artist Praxiteles in the fourth century BC, the Aphrodite of Knidos was the first life-sized, naturalistic sculpture of a nude female in the history of art. Since its creation, artists have copied and referenced the ancient sculpture countless times. This thesis explores potential explanations for later artists’ preoccupation with the sculpture. In it, I examine seminal classical, medieval and Renaissance derivations of the Aphrodite of Knidos. All post-classical works discussed utilize the sculpture’s pudica gesture, with which the figure covers her genitalia. It becomes clear that throughout centuries of art, the simple act of covering one’s genitalia highlights that which it ostensibly attempts to conceal: the pubis. I argue that one of the most compelling explanations for artists’ continued use of the pudica gesture is its ability to define a woman’s genitalia—and, by extension, her sexuality—as her primary characteristic without placing an inherent value judgment on this characteristic. In the examples discussed in the body of this text, the gesture is used to malign a woman’s connection to her sexualized body or to praise it, but never to deny that connection.
Statement of Responsibility:
by Rachel Robison
Thesis:
Thesis (B.A.) -- New College of Florida, 2014
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RESTRICTED TO NCF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE
Bibliography:
Includes bibliographical references.
General Note:
This bibliographic record is available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. The New College of Florida Libraries, as creator of this bibliographic record, has waived all rights to it worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.
General Note:
Faculty Sponsor: Carrasco, Malena

Record Information

Source Institution:
New College of Florida
Holding Location:
New College of Florida
Rights Management:
Applicable rights reserved.
Classification:
S.T. 2014 R63
System ID:
AA00024796:00001

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