Mette Bøgh Jensen

Postdoc

Profile photoMette Bøgh Jensen
Postdoc
Institut for Kommunikation og Kultur - Kunsthistorie
Postaddresse:
Langelandsgade 139, 221
8000
Aarhus C
Danmark
E-mail: mbj@cc.au.dk

Curriculum Vitae

Sick girls as a motif in Nordic visual art, 1850-1900. 
Several Nordic artists at the end of the 19thcentury painted works depicting sick girls, including several of the Skagen painters. In these works the artists created an individual picture of illness, which contrasted with the focus on the body as anatomy and microbiology in medical science. They literally gave the state of being unwell a face at time when there were several pioneering discoveries and inventions in the field of medicine. 

The project will examine whether there is a difference between the artistic representations of some of the illnesses that were prevalent at the time (e.g. tuberculosis, chlorosis, neurasthenia and hysteria). The project will examine overall whether visual art follows its own trajectory in relation to the way that these illnesses are depicted in terms of what is prevalent in other media, and in doing so, will provide a deeper analysis of how the sick girls can contribute to developing the professional connections between visual art and medicine.

The project is a collaboration between Aarhus University, The Hirschsprung Collection and Art Museums of Skagen and has received funding from the New Carlsberg Foundation. 

How does visual art relate to illness?
The project focuses on the following questions: How does “the sick girl” become an important motif during the period 1850-1900? How does the motif, “sick girl” relate to art historical tradition in terms of depictions of illness in visual art? How does the emergence of the motif “sick girls” relate to vitalist works in which the healthy, suntanned and exercised male body and the life-giving, active female body are in focus? To what extent do the sick girls become a motif with a socially diagnostic character? Is there a difference between illness in men and women, and if so, how is female illness depicted in contrast to male illness? What does the sick, marked (female) body look like, and how is it created in the works of the artist? Do the artists’ representations of sick girls differ from representations in contemporary literature and popular illustrations? And to what degree is there a correspondence between scientific illustrations and artistic representations? 

Kvalifikationer

Kunsthistorie, Mag.art., Aarhus Universitet

1 sep. 199422 jan. 2003

Ansættelse

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Institut for Kommunikation og Kultur - Kunsthistorie

Aarhus Universitet

Aarhus C, Danmark

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Postdoc

Institut for Kommunikation og Kultur - Kunsthistorie

Aarhus Universitet

Aarhus C, Danmark

1 jan. 201831 dec. 2020

Postdoc

Institut for Kommunikation og Kultur - Kunsthistorie

Aarhus Universitet

Aarhus C, Danmark

1 jan. 201831 dec. 2020