The Erotics of Looking: Early Modern Netherlandish Art presents a
collection of provocative essays that explore the material
qualities of early Dutch art to reveal ways new forms of visual
imagery solicit a beholder s involvement. * Explores how
descriptive pictures during the early modern Dutch art period
operated as social things and were designed to pleasurably engage
the eye and prompt discussion and debate * Shows how these works
potentially raised ethical and political questions about the
interconnectedness of engaging with pictures and the material world
* Represents a major contribution to the field of early modern
Netherlandish art and to general debates about the status and
functions of descriptive art * Features essays addressing a variety
of aspects of the field, from the historiography of Dutch art to
closely attentive readings of particular works * Crafts an original
theoretical framework by applying recent insights about the making
of early modern publics and the study of material things to the
analysis of Netherlandish art
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