Abstract

Titian's Rape of Europa is highly praised for its luminous colors and sensual textures. But the painting has an overlooked dark side, namely that it eroticizes rape. I argue that this is an ethical defect that diminishes the painting aesthetically. This argument—that an artwork can be worse off qua work of art precisely because it is somehow ethically problematic—demonstrates that feminist concerns about art can play a legitimate role in art criticism and aesthetic appreciation.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1527-2001
Print ISSN
0887-5367
Pages
pp. 159-188
Launched on MUSE
2003-12-11
Open Access
No
Archive Status
Archived 2009
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