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Leonidas at the Pass of Thermopylae

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Description: Extremities: Painting Empire in Post-Revolutionary France
He lies face down. His long and vulnerable neck is stretched out taut like his extended arm but, unlike his limb, it is bluntly ruptured by a mass of dark hair...
PublisherYale University Press
Related print edition pages: pp.237-279
Description: Flesh and the Ideal: Winckelmann and the Origins of Art History
Among many ways in which I might have defined the historical afterlife of Winckelmann’s work, I have deliberately singled out two very loaded engagements with his image of the Greek ideal, the first connected with the politics of the 1789 French Revolution and the second with late nineteenth-century aestheticism and definitions of homosexual identity. In each instance, a distinctive combination of historical circumstances made Winckelmann’s conception of Greek art particularly compelling as the …
PublisherYale University Press