This article argues for the possibility of combining psychoanalytic and materialist approaches to Rennaissance visual culture. It addresses the eroticism of both figure and facture of Titian's Diana and Callisto, using Julia Kristeva's and Judith Butler's theories of the abject. It compares the positions of figures in the painting with contemporary representations of exorcism and examines the occluded associations of the goddess Diana with witchcraft and the mark of the painter with the mark of the witch. It concludes by arguing for a repressed identification between Titian's painterly subjectivity and maternal (pro)creation.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Visual Arts and Performing Arts