• Bilder machen – Charaktere, Stereotype und die Konstruktion menschlicher Varietät bei Johann Friedrich Blumenbach

    Author(s):
    Dominik Hünniger (see profile)
    Date:
    2018
    Group(s):
    Digital Humanists, Science Studies and the History of Science
    Subject(s):
    Science, History, Books, Art, Eighteenth century, Race, Ethnicity
    Item Type:
    Book chapter
    Tag(s):
    History of illustration, History of science, History of the book, 18th-century art history, Race/ethnicity, 18th century
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/xg2m-kt91
    Abstract:
    This chapter analyses the image production practices of the Goettingen university anatomist and natural historian Johann Friedrich Blumenbach (1752–1840) and the Berlin artis Daniel Chodowiecki (1726-1801) when they collaborated on Blumenbach's Beyträge zur Naturgeschichte (1790). Blumenbach wanted Chodowiecki to produce family scences for each of his 5 "human varieties." In analysing the correspondence between scholar and artist as well as a close reading of the digitized images themselves as well as the images which were used as modells for the scenes, the chapter is able to show that cultural stereotypes and racist assumptions informed the ways in which these "idealtypes" were created and what was depicted.
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    Published as:
    Book chapter    
    Status:
    Published
    Last Updated:
    3 years ago
    License:
    All Rights Reserved

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