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Disability in Art
History
• Historical Representations of Disability
• “Freakshows,” Power, and Privilege
• Body, Performance, and the Posthuman
Diego Velázquez, Las Meninas,1656.
• How much have we learned about the
lives and impact of people with
disabilities throughout history?
• Why might that be?
Historical Representations of Disability
Polykleitos, Doryphoros, marble copy of
bronze original, c. 450–440 BCE.
Old Market Woman, 150–100 BCE.
El Greco, The Miracle of Christ Healing the Blind, c. 1570.
Mosaic of Christ Healing the Lepers, Monreale Cathedral, Palermo, Italy, c. 1180s.
Crippled Child, Lutrell Psalter, 1325. Man with crutches, Luttrell Psalter.
Pieter Bruegel the Elder, The Beggars, 1568.
Rembrandt van Rijn, Peter and John Healing
the Cripple at the Gate of the Temple, 1659.
Francisco Goya, Beggars Who
Get ab...
Théodore Géricault, A Woman Addicted to Gambling (L) and A Woman Suffering from
Obsessive Envy, A Kleptomaniac (R) from th...
Lon Chaney as Quasimodo and Patsy
Ruth Miller as Esmeralda in The
Hunchback of Notre Dame, 1923.
Peter Sellers as Dr. Stra...
Francis Galton, composite portraits “Health,
Disease, and Criminality,” (L) and “The
Jewish Type” (R), published in The
Ph...
“Freakshows,” Power, and Privilege
Hieronymus Bosch, Ship of Fools, 1490–1500.
Albrecht Dürer, frontispiece to
Sebastian Brant’s Ship of Fools,
1490–1500.
Velázquez, Portrait of Sebastián de
Morra, 1645.
Lavinia Fontana, Antonietta Gonzalez,
1656.
Phineas Taylor Barnum
and The American Museum
Charles Eisenmann
(1855–1927)
Eisenmann, Myrtle Corbin
“The Four-Legged Woman,” c. 1880.
Eisenmann, Eli Bowen
“The Legless Acrobat,” c. 1880.
Eisenmann, Charles B. Tripp
“The Armless Wonder,” c. 1880.
Marion Post Wolcott, Plant City, Florida,
Strawberry Festival and Carnival, March
1939.
Ben Shahn, Sideshow, County Fair,
...
Russell Lee, Untitled, Donaldsonville, Louisiana, 1938.
Reginald Marsh, Sideshow Sign at
Coney Island, c. 1939.
Eudora Welty, Sideshow Banner,
Mississippi State Fair, c. 1939.
Diane Arbus, A Jewish giant at home with his parents in the Bronx, NY, 1970.
Arbus, Mexican Dwarf in his Hotel Room, New York City, 1970.
Arbus, Untitled, 1970–1.
Body, Performance, and the Posthuman
Otto Dix, War Cripples, 1920.
Dix, Scat Players, 1920.
Orlan, Self-Hybridizations, 1994–Present.
Stelarc, Third Arm, 1980–98.
Lisa Bufano, from Fixed: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement, 2013.
Matthew Barney with Aimee Mullins, Cremaster 3, 2002.
Mary Duffy, Performance, 1995. Venus de Milo, 130–100 BCE.
Marc Quinn, Alison Lapper Pregnant, 2005.
Jake and Dinos Chapman, Übermensch (Portrait of Stephen Hawking), 1995.
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A slideshow connected to a lecture on artists whose work deals with issues of disability available at Art History Teaching Resources (http://arthistoryteachingresources.org/), written by Keri Watson.

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AHTR Disability in Art History

  1. 1. Disability in Art History
  2. 2. • Historical Representations of Disability • “Freakshows,” Power, and Privilege • Body, Performance, and the Posthuman
  3. 3. Diego Velázquez, Las Meninas,1656.
  4. 4. • How much have we learned about the lives and impact of people with disabilities throughout history? • Why might that be?
  5. 5. Historical Representations of Disability
  6. 6. Polykleitos, Doryphoros, marble copy of bronze original, c. 450–440 BCE. Old Market Woman, 150–100 BCE.
  7. 7. El Greco, The Miracle of Christ Healing the Blind, c. 1570.
  8. 8. Mosaic of Christ Healing the Lepers, Monreale Cathedral, Palermo, Italy, c. 1180s.
  9. 9. Crippled Child, Lutrell Psalter, 1325. Man with crutches, Luttrell Psalter.
  10. 10. Pieter Bruegel the Elder, The Beggars, 1568.
  11. 11. Rembrandt van Rijn, Peter and John Healing the Cripple at the Gate of the Temple, 1659. Francisco Goya, Beggars Who Get about on Their Own in Bordeaux, 1824–27.
  12. 12. Théodore Géricault, A Woman Addicted to Gambling (L) and A Woman Suffering from Obsessive Envy, A Kleptomaniac (R) from the series Portraits of the Insane, 1822.
  13. 13. Lon Chaney as Quasimodo and Patsy Ruth Miller as Esmeralda in The Hunchback of Notre Dame, 1923. Peter Sellers as Dr. Strangelove in Stanley Kubrick, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, 1964.
  14. 14. Francis Galton, composite portraits “Health, Disease, and Criminality,” (L) and “The Jewish Type” (R), published in The Photographic News, 1885.
  15. 15. “Freakshows,” Power, and Privilege
  16. 16. Hieronymus Bosch, Ship of Fools, 1490–1500. Albrecht Dürer, frontispiece to Sebastian Brant’s Ship of Fools, 1490–1500.
  17. 17. Velázquez, Portrait of Sebastián de Morra, 1645. Lavinia Fontana, Antonietta Gonzalez, 1656.
  18. 18. Phineas Taylor Barnum and The American Museum
  19. 19. Charles Eisenmann (1855–1927)
  20. 20. Eisenmann, Myrtle Corbin “The Four-Legged Woman,” c. 1880.
  21. 21. Eisenmann, Eli Bowen “The Legless Acrobat,” c. 1880.
  22. 22. Eisenmann, Charles B. Tripp “The Armless Wonder,” c. 1880.
  23. 23. Marion Post Wolcott, Plant City, Florida, Strawberry Festival and Carnival, March 1939. Ben Shahn, Sideshow, County Fair, Central Ohio, 1938.
  24. 24. Russell Lee, Untitled, Donaldsonville, Louisiana, 1938.
  25. 25. Reginald Marsh, Sideshow Sign at Coney Island, c. 1939. Eudora Welty, Sideshow Banner, Mississippi State Fair, c. 1939.
  26. 26. Diane Arbus, A Jewish giant at home with his parents in the Bronx, NY, 1970.
  27. 27. Arbus, Mexican Dwarf in his Hotel Room, New York City, 1970.
  28. 28. Arbus, Untitled, 1970–1.
  29. 29. Body, Performance, and the Posthuman
  30. 30. Otto Dix, War Cripples, 1920.
  31. 31. Dix, Scat Players, 1920.
  32. 32. Orlan, Self-Hybridizations, 1994–Present.
  33. 33. Stelarc, Third Arm, 1980–98.
  34. 34. Lisa Bufano, from Fixed: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement, 2013.
  35. 35. Matthew Barney with Aimee Mullins, Cremaster 3, 2002.
  36. 36. Mary Duffy, Performance, 1995. Venus de Milo, 130–100 BCE.
  37. 37. Marc Quinn, Alison Lapper Pregnant, 2005.
  38. 38. Jake and Dinos Chapman, Übermensch (Portrait of Stephen Hawking), 1995.

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