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Looking at Darwin: portraits and the making of an icon.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20166249     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
With increased attention on the visual in the history of science, there is renewed interest in the role of portraiture and other forms of personal imagery in constructing scientific reputation and the circulation of scientific ideas. This essay indicates some directions in which researchers could push forward by studying the dissemination of pictures and portraits of Charles Darwin. Selected portraits are discussed, with particular attention paid to their circulation. The mode of production and original intent of these portraits is briefly addressed, but the thrust of the argument is to highlight subsequent shifts in usage. While self-fashioning is an important part of the story, it is useful also to dwell on the rise and diversification of printed media in conjunction with escalating interest in Darwin as a celebrity figure. Historicizing the variety of opportunities that people have had of "looking"at Darwin adds considerably to our understanding of scientific fame.
Janet Browne
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Biography; Historical Article; Journal Article; Portraits    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Isis; an international review devoted to the history of science and its cultural influences     Volume:  100     ISSN:  0021-1753     ISO Abbreviation:  Isis     Publication Date:  2009 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-01-22     Completed Date:  2010-02-23     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  2985182R     Medline TA:  Isis     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  542-70     Citation Subset:  IM; Q    
Department of the History of Science, Harvard University, Science Center 371, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Art / history*
History, 19th Century
Photography / history
Science / history*
Personal Name Subject
Personal Name Subject:
Charles Darwin

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