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The ties that bind past and present: Tony Robert-Fleury, Philippe Pinel and the Salpêtrière

Ruiz-Gómez, Natasha and Liebrenz, Michael (2021) 'The ties that bind past and present: Tony Robert-Fleury, Philippe Pinel and the Salpêtrière.' Forensic Science International: Mind and Law, 2. ISSN 2666-3538

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Abstract

Pinel Freeing the Insane from Their Chains (1876, Hôpital de la Salpêtrière, Paris) by Tony Robert-Fleury is one of the most famous depictions of the treatment of those suffering with a mental illness. The background of this life-size painting and the reasons for its commission are less well-known. Through the lenses of art history and forensic psychiatry, this article examines the creation of Robert-Fleury's painting in relation to the medical and political context of late nineteenth-century France, including its indebtedness to Jean-Martin Charcot's studies of hysteria. The article also highlights the enduring significance of the artwork and its continued relevance to the modern practices of forensic psychiatry.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities > Philosophy and Art History, School of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2021 16:04
Last Modified: 25 Jun 2021 10:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/30010

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