Looking at men : anatomy, masculinity and the modern male body /

Callen, Anthea,

Looking at men : anatomy, masculinity and the modern male body / Anatomy, masculinity and the modern male body Anthea Callen. - 272 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 27 cm

Includes bibliographical references (pages 252-263) and index.

Introduction: on looking at men -- The body and difference: artistic anatomy and the beau idéal -- La lutte: masculinity, muscularity and the martial arts of anatomy -- Doubles and desire: anatomies of conflicted masculinity -- Size matters: the measurement of man and ideals of the labouring body -- Masculinity and monstrosity: the body in pieces.

"Looking at Men explores how from c.1800 to 1920, the modern male body was forged through the intimately linked professions of art and medicine, which deployed muscular models and martial arts to renew the beau idéal. The modern ideal of virile manhood derived from the athletic perfection found in the classical male nude. The study of human anatomy and dissection in art and medicine underpinned a modern gladiatorial ideal, its representations setting the parameters not just of 'normal' virile masculinity but also its abject 'other'. Through the shared violence of human dissection and martial arts, male artists and medics secured their professional privilege and authority on the bodies of 'roughs'. First and foremost visual, this process has literary parallels in Frankenstein and Jekyll and Hyde. While embodying signs of dominant power and signalling differences of race, class, gender and sexuality, the virile masculine ideal contained its shadow, the threat of loss, of a Darwinian 'degeneration' that required vigilant intervention to ensure the health of nations. Anthea Callen's lively and intelligent study casts a new eye on contributions by many lesser-known artists, as well as more familiar works by Géricault, Courbet, Dalou and Bazille through to Eakins, Thornycroft, Leighton and Tonks, and includes photography and images from the popular visual cultures of boxing, wrestling and bodybuilding. Callen reassesses ideas of the modern male body and virile manhood in this exploration of the heteronormative, the homosocial and the homoerotic in art, anatomy and nascent anthropology."--Jacket.

9780300112948 0300112947


Men in art.
Masculinity in art.
Human anatomy--Social aspects.
Anatomy, Artistic.
Anatomy, Artistic.
Body image in men.
Martial arts in art.
Martial arts--Social aspects.
Masculinity in art.
Medicine and art.
Men in art.
20.19 art and society: other.
20.30 history of art: general.

N7626 / .C35 2018


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