Albrecht Durer, Female Objectification, and the Western Male Gaze: An Image of a Man Drawing a Woman Through a Perspectival Frame (1525)

The matter at hand.

Are pornography, science, and art born of the same family of impulses—that is, to frame, and thereby comprehend, control, and derive pleasure from, cthonian forces?

And is that a bush on his windowsill?

And are those two hills outside of hers?

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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2 Responses to Albrecht Durer, Female Objectification, and the Western Male Gaze: An Image of a Man Drawing a Woman Through a Perspectival Frame (1525)

  1. Dear Santi,

    what a coincidence I just blogged about this print by Duerer and about some of its gender based discussion yesterday. Please see http://virtualterritory.wordpress.com/
    The image you show appeared first in 1538, in Duerer’s 2nd edition of the Painters Manual

    Cheers Gilbert

  2. santitafarella says:

    gilbert,

    your site’s discussion is interesting. thank you for that.

    i do think, whether durer was fully conscious of what he was doing or not, that freud would have had a field day with his drawing.

    —santi

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