Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Manhood, Marriage, and MischiefRembrandt's 'Night Watch' and Other Dutch Group Portraits$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Harry Berger

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780823225569

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823225569.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM FORDHAM SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.fordham.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Fordham University Press, 2017. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in FSO for personal use (for details see http://www.fordham.universitypressscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 21 October 2017

The Posographical Imperative: A Comparison of Genres

The Posographical Imperative: A Comparison of Genres

Chapter:
(p.25) 3 The Posographical Imperative: A Comparison of Genres
Source:
Manhood, Marriage, and Mischief
Author(s):

Harry Berger Jr.

Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823225569.003.0004

The author calls the figures in narrative genres characters in order to distinguish them from the sitters in portrait genres. The sitter's situation differs from that of the characters in such narrative modes as history and Genre painting. David Smith argues that the portrait and Genre genres are easy to distinguish because “people in portraits usually look out at us, as they generally do not in genre painting.” Many sitters, and some characters, do make contact, but the meaning of this contact, and the invitation to the observer, are different for each generic code. Steen's “metapictorial” project, then, is to sharpen the viewer's awareness of the predicament of models holding poses while pretending to interact among themselves.

Keywords:   genres, poses, models, sitters, characters, narrative, portrait

Fordham Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .