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Fantasied images of women: representations of myths of the golden apples in “classic” Victorian paintings

Abstract : This article studies a number of Victorian paintings that represented Greek myths of the golden apples. These artworks – often identified as “classical” by contemporary art critics but also categorized as “Aesthetic” – articulate gendered tensions, fantasies and anxieties. In particular, this article explores representations of the myths of Atalanta’s race and of the garden of the Hesperides. Close attention is paid to the images themselves thanks to a reading that is informed by the works of French art historian Georges Didi-Huberman. Studying the critical reception of such works in contemporary journalistic reviews also allows to uncover ambivalent approaches to the emotional charge of these works. For beyond academic conventions and formal Aesthetic concerns, what is at stake in these representations of the myths of the golden apples is the significance of the body and its desires.
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Anne-Florence Gillard-Estrada. Fantasied images of women: representations of myths of the golden apples in “classic” Victorian paintings. Polysèmes, Société des amis d'inter-textes (SAIT), 2016, L'or et l'art, ⟨10.4000/polysemes.860⟩. ⟨hal-02092857⟩

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