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Author: A.W. Eaton

Title: Where Ethics and Aesthetics Meet

Subtitle: Titian's Rape of Europa

Journal: Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy

Volume: 18

Issue: 4

Year: Autumn-Winter 2003 (Published online: January 9, 2009)

Pages: 159-188

ISSN: 0887-5367 – Find a Library: WordCat | eISSN: 1527-2001 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 16th Century | European History: Italian History | Offenders: Non-Human Offenders / Gods; Representations: Art / Titian; Victims: Abduction



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Author: A.W. Eaton, Department of Philosophy, University of Illinois at Chicago

Abstract: »Titian's Rape of Europa is highly praised for its luminous colors and sensual textures. But the painting has an overlooked dark side, namely that it eroticizes rape. I argue that this is an ethical defect that diminishes the painting aesthetically. This argument--that an artwork can be worse off qua work of art precisely because it is somehow ethically problematic--demonstrates that feminist concerns about art can play a legitimate role in art criticism and aesthetic appreciation.« (Source: Hypatia)


  I. The Painting (p. 160)
  II. Separatism, Moralism, and Ethicism (p. 167)
  III. Humean Ethicism (p. 170)
  Notes (p. 178)
  References (p. 184)

Wikipedia: History of Europe: History of Italy / Italian Renaissance | History of painting: Italian Renaissance painting | 16th-century Italian painters: Titian / The Rape of Europa (Titian) | Mythology: Greek Mythology / Europa (mythology), Zeus