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Subjects Of The Gaze: Rubens And His Female Portraits, Gabrielle C. Van Ravenswaay Jan 2017

Subjects Of The Gaze: Rubens And His Female Portraits, Gabrielle C. Van Ravenswaay

Honors Undergraduate Theses

My paper investigates Peter Paul Rubens’ female portraits in terms of the male and female gaze, psychoanalytic analysis, and historical context. My research will support the idea that Rubens painted women in a sexualized manner based on what Foucault coins the male gaze.[1] The paintings evaluated in this project include portraits of Rubens’ wives, Isabella Brandt and Helene Fourment, and portraits of wealthy patrons such as Marchesa Brigida Spinola Doria, Anne of Austria, and Marie de’ Medici. It is incorrect to view these paintings as pure, complete depictions of identity because women in this time were always defined and ...