Hamida Bosmajian. Pictures of Innocence: The History and Crisis of Ideal Childhood, by Anne. Higonnet. New York and London: Thames and Hudson, Anne Higonnet’s book on the historical representation of children in the visual arts examines the construction of childhood from the careful perspective of a. According to one recent account, art theory has, until recently, dismissed childhood.1Understood at once to be too trivial and too dangerous a focus for critical.
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The History and Crisis of Ideal Childhood. Thames and Hudson, Indeed, because we all position ourselves as specialists of a sort about childhood and children, if only our own, all the more reason to challenge our taken-for-granted wisdom through an higonne of the hidden history of childhood, made visible in three centuries of art. Invention is an apt term because it is not a term of nature.
It connotes the unique and the creative, but znne the produced and the mechanical.
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Most importantly for Higonnet, inventions make possible visual evidence of childhood, spanning from the highly stylized portrait to the commercial photograph. The urgency with which we police the boundaries of our identities, particularly in representations and in language, affirms the slippery and conditional quality of the categories themselves.
Higonnet concentrates her argument in this vein on the twentieth century, but traces this tendency to the Romantic child:. According to Romantic pictures of children, innocence must be an edenic state from which adults fall, never to return.
The Romantic child is desirable precisely to the extent that it does not understand desire. So the image of the Romantic child is an unconscious one, one that does not connect with adults, one that seems unaware of adults.
Because the Romantic child is an entity without full consciousness, it invites adult projection: Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. Forged from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves. Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus.
Pictures of Innocence The History and Crisis of Ideal Childhood by Anne Higonnet
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