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Nature of the Natural Woman

Title: The Nature of the Natural Woman.
Name(s): Adrian, Ann Marie, author
Leitch, Stephanie, professor directing thesis
Freiberg, Jack, committee member
Weingarden, Lauren, committee member
Department of Art History, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2012
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Hans Baldung Grien used the innovative chiaroscuro woodcut technique, invented in Germany in 1508, to create his prints Witches' Sabbath (1510) and Fall of Man (1511). This thesis argues that Baldung's depictions of witches and of Eve are connected by the chiaroscuro woodcut technique. The chiaroscuro print establishes a conceptual genealogy that begins with Eve as humanity's first female transgressor and results in the sixteenth-century witch. The chiaroscuro woodcut technique removes the sixteenth-century witch of Witches' Sabbath and Biblical personage Eve in Fall of Man from discrete traditional iconographic lineages and encourages the viewer to understand witches and Eve as natural women. The new category of the natural woman serves as a way to analyze the relationship between early modern witches and Eve, as well as their pictorial and textual connections to the Christian hermit and the folkloric wild woman. Furthermore, the chiaroscuro technique elevated the woodcut by making it a luxurious, fine-art print, and thus allowed Baldung to depict his female subjects independent of any explicit textual or visual precedents. Indeed, Baldung used the technique to introduce a darkness, mood, and drama that was impossible to capture with other techniques in the graphic arts.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-4682 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of Art History in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts.
Degree Awarded: Spring Semester, 2012.
Date of Defense: March 26, 2012.
Keywords: Chiaroscuro woodcut, Eve, Hans Baldung, Wilderness, Wild woman, Witches
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Stephanie Leitch, Professor Directing Thesis; Jack Freiberg, Committee Member; Lauren Weingarden, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Art -- History
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Owner Institution: FSU

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