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The Beautiful Boy

The Beautiful Boy

by Germaine Greer, Andre Correa Lago
     
 
From Adonis and images of St. Sebastian to James Dean and Calvin Klein models, beautiful boys have been quietly admired since the beginning of time. While most agree that women have been treated and depicted as sex objects, Germaine Greer's sensational thesis is that the erotic charge of male imagery has been rigorously repressed throughout history. Men and women

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From Adonis and images of St. Sebastian to James Dean and Calvin Klein models, beautiful boys have been quietly admired since the beginning of time. While most agree that women have been treated and depicted as sex objects, Germaine Greer's sensational thesis is that the erotic charge of male imagery has been rigorously repressed throughout history. Men and women alike have been blind to the sensuality and flirtatiousness found in images of boys, as well as to the many depictions of female bodies based on the juvenile male-from Michelangelo's female figures to waif like supermodels.

This iconic ideal of male physical beauty is revealed in hundreds of dazzling images by the world's greatest artists and photographers. The Kritios boy, Caravaggio's Love Triumphant, Larry Clark's Oklahoma City, Nijinsky in "L'Apres-Midi d'un Faune," Cellini's Narcissus, Donatello's David, Thomas Eakins' young swimmers, and many other examples, provide striking evidence that the models of today-with their wide shoulders and narrow hips-echo the boyish ideal.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
The distinguished Greer (The Female Eunuch) presents a composite of her latest musings on the reclaiming of Eros as personified by the "boy" (the transitional state between child and man). To state her case, she pulls from mythology, literature, art history, and popular culture. After defining the term boy, she explores the relationship of boy iconography to historic notions of beauty and unravels our ambivalence to boyhood sexuality. She then examines the dynamic of the female gaze in response to the artwork, pursuing the right to visual pleasure. Greer's writing style is stream-of-consciousness, and, in her exuberant rush to make mental connections, she refers to many works of art (some not pictured), mostly Western masterworks, with some African art and contemporary photographs. The works are all nicely reproduced but are not clearly numbered or referenced. Greer is great at confronting societal taboos, and she sees our response to the sexual boy as just that. However, the current climate requires a more pluralistic focus to engender the outcome Greer hopes for-basically, that both sexes will have the freedom to see and be seen as sexual beings and more. Recommended as demand warrants for libraries specializing in art history and popular culture.-Nadine Dalton Speidel, Cuyahoga Cty. P.L., Parma, OH Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780847825868
Publisher:
Rizzoli
Publication date:
10/22/2003
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
8.74(w) x 11.32(h) x 1.13(d)

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