Portraiture / Edition 1

Portraiture / Edition 1

by Richard Brilliant
     
 

This is the first general and theoretical study devoted entirely to portraiture. Drawing on a broad range of images from Antiquity to the twentieth century, which includes paintings, sculptures, prints, cartoons, postage stamps, medals, documents and photographs, Richard Brilliant investigates the genre as a particular phenomenon in Western art that is especially

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This is the first general and theoretical study devoted entirely to portraiture. Drawing on a broad range of images from Antiquity to the twentieth century, which includes paintings, sculptures, prints, cartoons, postage stamps, medals, documents and photographs, Richard Brilliant investigates the genre as a particular phenomenon in Western art that is especially sensitive to changes in the perceived nature of the individual in society.

The author's argument on behalf of portraiture (and he draws on examples by such artists as Botticelli, Rembrandt, Matisse, Warhol and Hockney) does not comprise a mere survey of the genre, nor is it a straightforward history of its reception. Instead, Brilliant presents a thematic and cogent analysis of the connections between the subject-matter of portraits and the beholder's response – the response he or she makes to the image itself and to the person it represents. Portraiture's extraordinary longevity and resilience as a genre is a testament to the power of this imaginative transaction between the subject, the artist and the beholder.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780948462191
Publisher:
Reaktion Books, Limited
Publication date:
08/22/2001
Series:
Reaktion Books - Essays in Art and Culture Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
I. The Authority of the Likeness
II. Fashioning the Self
III. Fabricated Identities: Placements
IV. 'Here's Looking at You!'
References
List of Illustrations

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