TITLE

Treasuring the Gaze: Eye Miniature Portraits and the Intimacy of Vision

AUTHOR(S)
Grootenboer, Hanneke
PUB. DATE
September 2006
SOURCE
Art Bulletin;Sep2006, Vol. 88 Issue 3, p496
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article interprets the popularity, decline and meaning of eye portraits. The author highlights the case of the Prince of Wales, son of King George III, and his relationship with the widow Maria Fitzherbert. Their relationship was signified in the exchange of eye portraits, which became vogue until the 1830s. The author argues that the eye portrait is not meant to be representative of the whole person, as a miniature portrait would, but rather represents the person's gaze.
ACCESSION #
22442111

 

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