Treasuring the Gaze: Intimate Vision in Late Eighteenth-Century Eye Miniatures

By Hanneke Grootenboer

The finish of the eighteenth century observed the beginning of a brand new craze in Europe: tiny pictures of unmarried eyes that have been exchanged by means of fanatics or relatives. Worn as brooches or pendants, those minuscule eyes served an analogous emotional want as extra traditional mementoes, similar to lockets containing a coil of a enjoyed one’s hair. the style lasted just a couple of many years, and through the early 1800s eye miniatures had light into oblivion. Unearthing those photographs in Treasuring the Gaze, Hanneke Grootenboer proposes that the fashion for eye miniatures—and their abrupt disappearance—reveals a knot within the unfolding of the background of vision.
 
Drawing on Alois Riegl, Jean-Luc Nancy, Marcia Pointon, Melanie Klein, and others, Grootenboer unravels this knot, getting to know formerly unseen styles of taking a look and techniques for displaying. She exhibits that eye miniatures painting the subject’s gaze instead of his or her eye, making the recipient of the memento an specific beholder who's eternally watched. those precious images consistently go back the appearance they obtain and, as such, they convey a reciprocal mode of viewing that Grootenboer calls intimate imaginative and prescient. Recounting tales approximately eye miniatures—including the function one performed within the scandalous affair of Mrs. Fitzherbert and the Prince of Wales, a portrait of the enchanting eye of Lord Byron, and the loss and longing included in crying eye miniatures—Grootenboer indicates that intimate imaginative and prescient brings the gaze of one other deep into the guts of non-public experience.
 
With a number of attention-grabbing imagery from this eccentric and typically forgotten but deeply deepest souvenir, Treasuring the Gaze offers new insights into the artwork of miniature portray and the style of portraiture.

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