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By Hanneke Grootenboer

The finish of the eighteenth century observed the beginning of a brand new craze in Europe: tiny photographs of unmarried eyes that have been exchanged via enthusiasts or family. Worn as brooches or pendants, those minuscule eyes served an analogous emotional want as extra traditional mementoes, corresponding to lockets containing a coil of a enjoyed one’s hair. the style lasted just a couple of a long time, and via the early 1800s eye miniatures had pale into oblivion. Unearthing those snap shots in Treasuring the Gaze, Hanneke Grootenboer proposes that the fashion for eye miniatures—and their abrupt disappearance—reveals a knot within the unfolding of the historical past of vision.
 
Drawing on Alois Riegl, Jean-Luc Nancy, Marcia Pointon, Melanie Klein, and others, Grootenboer unravels this knot, researching formerly unseen styles of having a look and techniques for exhibiting. She exhibits that eye miniatures painting the subject’s gaze instead of his or her eye, making the recipient of the souvenir an particular beholder who's endlessly watched. those precious photographs continually go back the appearance they obtain and, as such, they carry 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 included 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 attention-grabbing imagery from this eccentric and normally forgotten but deeply inner most souvenir, Treasuring the Gaze offers new insights into the artwork of miniature portray and the style of portraiture.

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