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Dangerous Women: The Perils of Muses and Femmes Fatales

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"In the beginning there was woman: plural by nature, by turns an object of love, fascination, and fear. From Venus of Willendorf - a primal image of an all-powerful female ideal - to Niki de Saint-Phalle's Bride, which presents the views of a contemporary woman artist on the female condition, the history of art has, since earliest times, been indelibly stamped by the never-ending quest for the eternal feminine." "Mythical figures, guardian spirits, adoring heroines, these women can be cruel or tender, sometimes ambitious, but always enchanting: a ...

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Overview

"In the beginning there was woman: plural by nature, by turns an object of love, fascination, and fear. From Venus of Willendorf - a primal image of an all-powerful female ideal - to Niki de Saint-Phalle's Bride, which presents the views of a contemporary woman artist on the female condition, the history of art has, since earliest times, been indelibly stamped by the never-ending quest for the eternal feminine." "Mythical figures, guardian spirits, adoring heroines, these women can be cruel or tender, sometimes ambitious, but always enchanting: a danger to others and themselves alike." Examining a vast gallery of female lovers and femmes fatales, Laure Adler and Elisa Lecosse decode a history that has been told and controlled by men for too long. In an exploration of the archetypes and principles of art history and of their subversion over the ages, they offer an analysis of woman's slow acquisition of the right to love in her own way and to be the mistress of her body and her desires.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9782080201492
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Publication date: 2/5/2013
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,428,155
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Laure Adler is a journalist, historian, and writer specializing in women’s history and feminism in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. She is the author of numerous works, notably Until Tonight and a biography of Marguerite Duras. Elisa Lécosse is a doctor of art history and has published Love in the Louvre and a book on Renaissance iconography. She lectures frequently in France and the U.K.
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Table of Contents

Between Rapture and Ecstasy: Women in love know who they are and where they are going Laure Adler Adler, Laure 12

Woman and Love: Models, myths, and fables 34

Seductress and Enchantress 66

Emancipation and Transgression in Love 90

Women and Power 116

The "Eternal Feminine": Muses, victims, and femmes fatales 138

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