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The Portrait's Subject – Inventing Inner Life in the Nineteenth-Century United States - North Carolina Scholarship Online
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The Portrait's Subject: Inventing Inner Life in the Nineteenth-Century United States

Sarah Blackwood


Between the invention of photography in 1839 and the end of the nineteenth century, portraiture became one of the most popular and common art forms in the United States. In The Portrait's Subject, Sarah Blackwood tells a wide-ranging story about how images of human surfaces came to signal expressions of human depth during this era in paintings, photographs, and illustrations, as well as in literary and cultural representations of portrait making and viewing. Combining visual theory, literary close reading, and archival research, Blackwood examines portraiture's changing symbolic and aesthetic ... More

Keywords: Photography, Portraiture, Psychology, Aesthetic, Nineteenth-century

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781469652597
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469652597.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sarah Blackwood, author
Pace University

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