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By Hanneke Grootenboer

The finish of the eighteenth century observed the beginning of a brand new craze in Europe: tiny pix of unmarried eyes that have been exchanged by way of enthusiasts or family. Worn as brooches or pendants, those minuscule eyes served a similar emotional desire as extra traditional mementoes, equivalent to lockets containing a coil of a enjoyed one’s hair. the style lasted just a couple of a long time, and by way of the early 1800s eye miniatures had light into oblivion. Unearthing those images in Treasuring the Gaze, Hanneke Grootenboer proposes that the craze for eye miniatures—and their abrupt disappearance—reveals a knot within the unfolding of the background of vision.
 
Drawing on Alois Riegl, Jean-Luc Nancy, Marcia Pointon, Melanie Klein, and others, Grootenboer unravels this knot, studying formerly unseen styles of having a look and techniques for displaying. She exhibits that eye miniatures painting the subject’s gaze instead of his or her eye, making the recipient of the souvenir an unique beholder who's eternally watched. those valuable photographs continuously go back the appearance they obtain and, as such, they bring a reciprocal mode of viewing that Grootenboer calls intimate imaginative and prescient. Recounting tales approximately eye miniatures—including the position one performed within the scandalous affair of Mrs. Fitzherbert and the Prince of Wales, a portrait of the spell binding eye of Lord Byron, and the loss and longing integrated in crying eye miniatures—Grootenboer indicates that intimate imaginative and prescient brings the gaze of one other deep into the guts of personal experience.
 
With a number of interesting imagery from this eccentric and in most cases forgotten but deeply deepest memento, Treasuring the Gaze presents new insights into the artwork of miniature portray and the style of portraiture.

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