Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Woman as Sign: Psychoanalytic Readings

The Renegotiation of Woman & Beauty

Titian, Venus of Urbino, 1538

Rossetti, Lady Lilth, 1868

Shifts in portraiture:

lack of eye contact

cropping of image

devoid of narrative

drift from direct representation

Signifier & Signified
Signfier: the form which the sign takes

Signified: the concept it represents

Scarlett Johansson for Dolce & Gabbana

According to Derrida, would the image of the woman have free beauty?
Can woman, in the flesh, have free beauty like the tulip?
Are jewelers, creators of adornment primarily for women, contributing to the objectification of woman as beauty object-to-be-looked-at?

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