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Henry Fuseli and the Sexual Sublime

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dc.contributor.advisor Smylitopoulos, Christina Dr. Carter, Sarah 2015-01-07T20:48:03Z 2015-01-07T20:48:03Z 2014-04 2014-12-02 2015-01-07
dc.description.abstract Anglo-Swiss artist Henry Fuseli (1741-1825) shared drawings of a sexually charged and implied sadistic nature among an elite and intimate group of male artists. These drawings explore sexuality as a fundamental and emotionally profound human experience. This thesis approaches these drawings as studies, a demonstration of virtuosity and an experiment in visual limits, specifically the aesthetic boundaries that divide the sublime and the beautiful. I discuss the implications of the late eighteenth-century approach to the sublime and position Fuseli within an aesthetic debate. I argue that Three Women and a Recumbent Man (1809), Three Courtesans Operating on the Face of a Bound Man (1800) and Woman Torturing a Child (1800-1810) were not simply pornographic illustrations intended for private pleasure, but intellectual investigations into the sublime possibilities of sexuality in art. en_US
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dc.title Henry Fuseli and the Sexual Sublime en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US Art History and Visual Culture en_US Master of Arts en_US School of Fine Art and Music en_US

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