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Author: Margaret D. Carroll

Title: The Erotics of Absolutism

Subtitle: Rubens and the Mystification of Sexual Violence

Journal: Representations

Volume: -

Issue: 25

Year: Winter 1989

Pages: 3-30

ISSN: 0734-6018 – Find a Library: WordCat | eISSN: 1533-855X – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 17th Century | European History: Belgian History | Representations: Art / Peter Paul Rubens



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Author: Margaret Carroll, Art Department, Wellesley


– »Attempts to come to terms with Rubens's 1615-1618 painting Rape of the Daughters of Leucippus (Alte Pinakothek, Munich) as a celebratory depiction of sexual violence and of the forcible subjugation of women by men. Concludes that Rubens presents the brides as sacrificial victims, not so much to arouse our pity and indignation as to intimate the sacred importance of these nuptials and the sovereign powers of the brides' quasi-divine spouses, Castor and Pollux (the Dioscuri).« (Source: Bibliography of the History of Art)

– »Interprets the painting Rape of the Daughters of Leucippus, by Peter Paul Rubens, in terms of 16th- and 17th-century European culture, specifically tying it to the rise of absolutism in political theory.« (Source: Historical Abstracts)


Carroll, Margeret D. »The Erotics of Absolutism: Rubens and the Mystification of Sexual Violence.« Expanding Discourse: Feminism and Art History. Edited by Norma Broude et al. New York 1992: 138-159. – Bibliographic Entry: Info

Carroll, Margeret D. Painting and Politics in Northern Europe: Van Eyck, Bruegel, Rubens, and Their Contemporaries. University Park 2008: Chapter 4. – Bibliographic Entry: Info

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