Overview

In this major new book, Shearer West traces the history of portraiture from the ancient world to the work of artists such as Tracey Emin and the Singh twins. She looks at the genre from a variety of perspectives, asking key question about its development. What is its function? How has it changed over the centuries? What problems do artists encounter in representing their subjects, and how have portraits been interpreted? Shearer West uncovers much intriguing detail about a genre that has often been seen as purely...
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Portraiture

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Overview

In this major new book, Shearer West traces the history of portraiture from the ancient world to the work of artists such as Tracey Emin and the Singh twins. She looks at the genre from a variety of perspectives, asking key question about its development. What is its function? How has it changed over the centuries? What problems do artists encounter in representing their subjects, and how have portraits been interpreted? Shearer West uncovers much intriguing detail about a genre that has often been seen as purely representational, and in doing so shows us how to communicate with the past in an exciting new way. Lavishly illustrated and comprehensive in its coverage, Portraiture is a highly readable and absorbing introduction to this fascinating subject.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780191518034
  • Publisher: NetLibrary, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/8/2004
  • Series: Oxford History of Art Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 16 MB
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Meet the Author

Shearer West is Professor of Art History at the University of Birmingham. Her books include Chagall (Bison, 1990), The Image of the Actor: Verbal and Visual Representation in the Age of Garrick and Kemble (Pinter, 1991), The Visual Arts in Germany 1890-1940 (Manchester UP, 2000), and Fin de Sie'cle: Art and Society in an Age of Uncertainty (Overlook, 1993). She is also the editor of The Bloomsbury Guide to Art (Bloomsbury, 1996).

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 7
Introduction 9
Ch. 1 What Is a Portrait? 21
Ch. 2 The Functions of Portraiture 43
Ch. 3 Power and Status 71
Ch. 4 Group Portraiture 105
Ch. 5 The Stages of Life 131
Ch. 6 Gender and Portraiture 145
Ch. 7 Self-portraiture 163
Ch. 8 Portraiture and Modernism 187
Ch. 9 Identities 205
Notes 221
Annotated Bibliography 227
Timeline 236
Websites 242
List of Illustrations 243
Index 249
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