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By Hanneke Grootenboer

The finish of the eighteenth century observed the beginning of a brand new craze in Europe: tiny snap shots of unmarried eyes that have been exchanged via fanatics or family. Worn as brooches or pendants, those minuscule eyes served an identical emotional want as extra traditional mementoes, similar to lockets containing a coil of a enjoyed one’s hair. the style lasted just a couple of many years, and by means of the early 1800s eye miniatures had light into oblivion. Unearthing those pictures 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, learning formerly unseen styles of taking a look and methods for displaying. She indicates that eye miniatures painting the subject’s gaze instead of his or her eye, making the recipient of the memento an unique beholder who's ceaselessly watched. those valuable photographs consistently go back the appearance they obtain and, as such, they convey a reciprocal mode of viewing that Grootenboer calls intimate imaginative and prescient. Recounting tales approximately eye miniatures—including the function 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 non-public experience.
 
With a number of interesting imagery from this eccentric and in general forgotten but deeply inner most memento, Treasuring the Gaze offers new insights into the artwork of miniature portray and the style of portraiture.

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