The Period Eye

Notes on Early Modern Visual Culture

January 8, 2012
by tlarkin
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Not So Far After All: The “Liberated Woman” as the Emperor Napoleon

The expansion of the Internet into news, entertainment, and leisure does not seem to have staunched the flow of printed magazines—available at airports, gas stations, grocery and drug stores. My neighbors were cleaning out a garage piled with old newspapers … Continue reading

December 9, 2011
by tlarkin
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“All these backgrounds and flowers—what does it mean?” Cecil Beaton’s Vision of a Monarchy Reborn

When a friend offered me a slightly worn copy of Cecil Beaton’s Photography (1951), a series of autobiographical anecdotes compiled by one of the twentieth-century’s foremost society photographers, I did not have to think twice about accepting it, for I … Continue reading

November 4, 2011
by tlarkin
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Out of the Darkness: Caravaggio on His Own Terms

A few months ago one of my colleagues, a professor of Renaissance art, was clearing out his office in preparation for retirement, an exercise that required some persistence as he had accumulated piles of books, periodicals, posters, and slides over … Continue reading