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Title:Constructing the Artistic Subject in Golden Age Spain
Author(s):Ripolles, Carmen B.
Director of Research:Rosenthal, Lisa
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Rosenthal, Lisa
Doctoral Committee Member(s):Vázquez, Oscar E.; Minor, Vernon Hyde; Irigoyen García, Javier; Burningham, Bruce R.
Department / Program:Art & Design
Discipline:Art History
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Artistic Identity
Abstract:In this dissertation, I examine the development of artistic identity in Golden Age Spain by elucidating the cultural, social, and economic contexts which framed notions of the artist during this period. More particularly, I focus on the notion of artistic nobility as it relates to contemporary evolving aristocratic ideals. Seventeenth-century Spain was a period marked by the continuous reconfiguration of the traditional model of nobility. Through a close analysis of theoretical artistic discourses, popular portrayals of the artist, and actual artistic practice, I offer a critical re-assessment of the artistic assimilation of aristocratic values. I offer a new approach to studies of Spanish art by regarding artistic identity as an unstable and fluctuating category that is in constant dialogue with broader cultural, social, and economic frameworks, and the discourse of artistic nobility as an arena in which alternative forms of artistic identity could paradoxically be advanced. This entails detailed analyses of some of the issues surrounding noble identity in the Golden Age and how these permeated notions of the artist during this period. I also consider how, conversely, the artist became a particularly visible site where constantly changing aristocratic ideals could be embodied.
Issue Date:2011-01-21
Rights Information:© 2010 Carmen Ripollés
Date Available in IDEALS:2013-01-22
Date Deposited:2010-12

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