1000 Portraits of Genius

1000 Portraits of Genius

by Charles Victoria, Carl H. Klaus
     
 

According to the defined canons of art technique, a portrait should be, above all, a faithful representation of its model. However, this gallery of 1000 portraits illustrates how the genre has been transformed throughout history, and has proven itself to be much more complex than a simple imitation of reality.

Beyond exhibiting the skill of the artist, the

Overview

According to the defined canons of art technique, a portrait should be, above all, a faithful representation of its model. However, this gallery of 1000 portraits illustrates how the genre has been transformed throughout history, and has proven itself to be much more complex than a simple imitation of reality.

Beyond exhibiting the skill of the artist, the portrait must surpass the task of imitation, as just and precise as it may be, to translate both the intention of the artist as well as that of its patron, without betraying either’s wishes.Therefore, these silent witnesses, carefully selected in these pages, reveal more than faces of historic figures or anonymous subjects: they reveal a psychology more than an identity, illustrate an allegory, serve as political and religious propaganda, and embody the customs of their epochs.

With its impressive number of masterpieces, biographies, and commentaries on works, this book presents and analyses different portraits, consequently exposing to the reader, and to any art lover, a reflection of the evolution of society, and above all the upheavals of a genre that, over 3 centuries of painting, has shaped the history of art.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781844848034
Publisher:
Parkstone Press USA, Limited
Publication date:
04/30/2010
Series:
The Book Series
Pages:
544
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 8.50(h) x 2.10(d)

Meet the Author

Victoria Charles received her Ph.D. in art history. She has published extensively on art history and contributed to Art Information, an international guide to contemporary art. She is also a regular contributor to journals and magazines.

Klaus H. Carl is a writer, photographer and professor. He is the author of numerous books and articles.

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