This book examines Western European and American art from the fifteenth to the twentieth century. It discusses how meaning accrues to images and what role vision and visuality play in the history of modernity and explores art's relation to the material world.
Part One: Sights/Sites for Seeing 0. Introduction 1. Representation and the Politics of Deception Part Two: Object 2. Still(ed) Life, Beauty, and Regimes of Power 3. Death as Object 4. Death and the Pleasures of Meat Part Three: Body 5. Sensing 6. Body Examination: Scalpel and Brush 7. Portrait: Dramatizing the Body 8. Others' Bodies: Class and Race 9. The Female Nude: Surfaces of Desire 10. The Male Nude: Identity and Denial