Watching women watching warriors : Nicolas Poussin's 'Tancred and Erminia' and the visuality of papal court tournaments
Plock, Phillippa. (2008) Watching women watching warriors : Nicolas Poussin's 'Tancred and Erminia' and the visuality of papal court tournaments. Art History, Volume 31 (Number 2). pp. 139-158. ISSN 0141-6790Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8365.2008.00603.x
Nicolas Poussin's Tancred and Erminia centres on a woman's gaze. In its reference to noblewomen watching jousting knights, a motif present in the source poem, I argue that the format of the painting drew on ritualized practices of viewing. Contemporary depictions of a tournament reveal the specificities of this visuality for Poussin's patrons. In its replication of the classed and gendered spectatorship of papal court jousts, Tancred and Erminia was able to encourage aspiring papal courtiers to empathize with a coveted viewpoint gendered feminine. In so doing, I believe it offered viewers the possibility to identify with a standpoint, a cultural position of viewing constituted through representation.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||N Fine Arts > ND Painting|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Arts > History|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Poussin, Nicolas, 1594?-1665 -- Criticism and interpretation, Knights and knighthood in art, Gaze in art, Women in art|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Art History|
|Publisher:||Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.|
|Number of Pages:||21|
|Page Range:||pp. 139-158|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
|Funder:||Arts & Humanities Research Council (Great Britain) (AHRC), British Academy (BA)|
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