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June 22, 2001
Susan Sidlauskas Body, Place, and Self in Nineteenth-Century Painting Cambridge University Press, 1999. 230 pp.; 8 color ills.; 56 b/w ills. Cloth $75.00 (0521770246)

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In the introduction to Body, Place, and Self in Nineteenth-Century Painting, Susan Sidlauskas asks the following question about the four paintings she examines in her book: “What material and theoretical conditions—of making and spectatorship—made these works possible?” (2). This is an important query, and not just because it acknowledges both the artist’s and the beholder’s share in the production of meaning. What Sidlauskas suggests is that the work of art history ought to begin with...