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Art of Suicide (Reaktion Books - Picturing History)

Art of Suicide (Reaktion Books - Picturing History)

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Book DescriptionFrom the epic to the comic, suicide has been a recurrent theme in the history of art. The Art of Suicide is a major account of the representation of suicide, from voluntary deaths in Antiquity through its Romantic glamorization to its decriminalization in modern times. Ron Brown examines the proliferation of images of suicide in the late Medieval and Renaissance eras, showing how suicide was linked to the idea of contaminated femininity and how it was used allegorically. The book concludes with some important questions concerning the study of death and suicide in the postmodern period.