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This catalog accompanying an exhibit of 15th- and 16th-century portrait painting from northern and southern Europe includes nearly 200 reproductions of well-known works by Arcimboldo, Giovanni Bellini, Botticelli, Dürer, Ghirlandajo, Pontormo, Raphael, and others, as well as lesser-known works such as Quentin Massys's An Old Woman (Ugly Duchess), which inspired John Tenniel's Alice in Wonderland illustrations. Concentrating on the most popular media for portraiture-panel and canvas, sculpture, and medals-the book also includes artists' preliminary sketches. The catalog follows the cross-pollination of ideas and styles both geographically and temporally. The essays by curators and academics are easy to read, well documented with endnotes, and well illustrated with in-text images. Authored catalog entries are arranged thematically under the topics of remembrance, allegory, friendship, family, beauty, drawings, and rulers. Each entry includes at least one image, notes, and a select bibliography. Recommended for larger public, special, and academic libraries.
—Nancy J. Mactague