Explores the complex interrelationships among creativity, sexuality, the body, and the mind in eighteenth-century France. This work examines the different forms of deviance ascribed to male and female artists. It also demonstrates that the perceived connections among sexuality, creativity, and disease also opened artistic opportunities for women.
Mary D. Sheriff is the Daniel W. Patterson Distinguished Term Professor of Art and department chair at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is the author of The Exceptional Woman: Elisabeth Vigee-Lebrun and the Cultural Politics of Art and Fragonard: Art and Eroticism, both published by the University of Chicago Press.