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Overview

Portraiture occupies a central position in the history of Western art. It has been the most popular genre of painting and has been crucial to the construction and articulation of individualism. Despite this, its status within academic art theory is uncertain and there is no adequate critical analysis of the subject available. With an international team of specialists, including Patricia Simmons, Ludmilla Jordanova, John Gage, Marcia Pointon and Ernst Van Alphen, this volume provides a much-needed, comprehensive and up-to-date introduction to the major issues in the history of portraiture. The book's chapters are structured chronologically, progressing from the Italian Renaissance to Dutch seventeenth-century portraiture and on to Picasso, surrealism, Lucian Freud and Cindy Sherman. Each chapter examines the key developments in portraiture within each specific period, complete with analytical subheadings, making this an ideal book for students.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780719046148
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/1997
  • Series: Critical Introductions to Art Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.76 (w) x 10.79 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
List of contributors
Preface
Introduction: facing the subject 1
Pt. I The Sexual Self
1 Homosociality and erotics in Italian Renaissance portraiture 29
2 The ideology of feminine 'virtue': the vestal virgin in French eighteenth-century allegorical portraiture 52
Pt. II The Social Self
3 Sovereign bodies: the reality of status in seventeenth-century Dutch portraiture 75
4 Medical men 1780-1820 101
Pt. III Likeness and Identity
5 Photographic likeness 119
6 Photographic portraiture in central India in the 1980s and 1990s 131
Pt. IV The Portrait Transaction
7 She's got the look! Eighteenth-century female portrait painters and the psychology of a potentially 'dangerous employment' 147
8 Inscribing alterity: transactions of self and other in Miro self-portraits 167
Pt. V Identity and Truth
9 Kahnweiler's Picasso; Picasso's Kahnweiler 189
10 Rembrandt / Genet / Derrida 203
Pt. VI The Authority of Portraiture
11 Facing the past and present: the National Portrait Gallery and the search for 'authentic' portraiture 219
12 The portrait's dispersal: concepts of representation and subjectivity in contemporary portraiture 239
Pt. VII What is a Portrait?
13 Pre-figured features: a view from the Papua New Guinea highlands 259
Eclectic bibliography 269
Index 273
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