Public Faces and Private Identities in Seventeenth-Century Holland: Portraiture and the Production of Community

Public Faces and Private Identities in Seventeenth-Century Holland: Portraiture and the Production of Community

by Ann Jensen Adams
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521444551

ISBN-13: 9780521444552

Pub. Date: 03/31/2009

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

During the seventeenth century, Dutch portraits were actively commissioned by corporate groups and by individuals from a range of economic and social classes. Ann Jensen Adams examines four portrait genres - individuals, the family, history portraits, and civic guards. Adams argues that as individuals became unmoored from traditional sources of identity, such as

Overview

During the seventeenth century, Dutch portraits were actively commissioned by corporate groups and by individuals from a range of economic and social classes. Ann Jensen Adams examines four portrait genres - individuals, the family, history portraits, and civic guards. Adams argues that as individuals became unmoored from traditional sources of identity, such as familial lineage, birthplace, and social class, portraits helped them to find security in a self-aware subjectivity and the new social structures that made possible the 'economic miracle' that has come to be known as the Dutch Golden Age.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521444552
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/31/2009
Pages:
412
Product dimensions:
7.20(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

1. The cultural power of portraits: the market, interpersonal experience, and subjectivity; 2. Portraits of individuals: physiognomy, demeanor, and the representation of character; 3. Family portraits: the private arena and the social order; 4. The history portrait: comprehending self through historical narrative; 5. Civic guard portraits: personal friendships and the public sphere; 6. Portraits and the production of identity: transitional objects and potential spaces.

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