Renaissance Faces: Van Eyck to Titian

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This comprehensive survey traces the development of portrait painting in Northern and Southern Europe during the Renaissance, when the genre first flourished. These two regions developed their own distinct styles and techniques but were also influenced by one another in fascinating ways. In essays that focus on the intriguing relationship between artists working in Italy and northern Europe, renowned specialists analyze the notion of likeness––which, during this time, was based not only on accurate ...

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Overview

This comprehensive survey traces the development of portrait painting in Northern and Southern Europe during the Renaissance, when the genre first flourished. These two regions developed their own distinct styles and techniques but were also influenced by one another in fascinating ways. In essays that focus on the intriguing relationship between artists working in Italy and northern Europe, renowned specialists analyze the notion of likeness––which, during this time, was based not only on accurate reference for posterity but also incorporated all aspects of human life, including propaganda, power, courtship, love, family, ambition, and hierarchy––through magnificent works by artists including Giovanni Bellini, Sandro Botticelli, Lucas Cranach, Albrecht Dürer, Jan van Eyck, Leonardo da Vinci, and Titian, among many others.

The authors address different portrait types, styles, techniques, and iconographies, and discuss the connections between painting and sculpture and portrait medals. This stunning book also addresses the evolution of the full-length portrait and the “anti-ideal” in counter-portraits, which depict court jesters and dwarves. In these often satirical representations, painters could show off their skills as recorders of likeness without the restrictions imposed by idealization. 

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

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

National Post

"Handsomely reproduced. As enjoyable an art bo
— Robert Fulford

Sixteenth Century Journal

"The entire book was printed in color with high-quality images, making it an important visual resource. . . . An extremely valuable contribution to our understanding of portraiture, Renaissance Faces is highly recommended for students and scholars alike."—Annemarie Sawkins,

— Annemarie Sawkins

National Post - Robert Fulford
"Handsomely reproduced. As enjoyable an art book as I've opened this season. The illustrations include some of the best work of Raphael, Titian, Holbein."—Robert Fulford, National Post
Sixteenth Century Journal - Annemarie Sawkins
"The entire book was printed in color with high-quality images, making it an important visual resource. . . . An extremely valuable contribution to our understanding of portraiture, Renaissance Faces is highly recommended for students and scholars alike."—Annemarie Sawkins,
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781857094077
  • Publisher: National Gallery London
  • Publication date: 3/31/2011
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 9.40 (w) x 12.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Lorne Campbell is Beaumont Senior Research Curator and Luke Syson is curator of Italian paintings 1460–1500 at the National Gallery, London. Miguel Falomir is head curator of Italian Renaissance painting at the Museo Nacional del Prado. Jennifer Fletcher was until recently senior lecturer at the Courtauld Institute.

 

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Table of Contents

Witnessing Faces, Remembering Souls Luke Syson Syson, Luke 14

The Making of Portraits Lorne Campbell Campbell, Lorne 32

The Renaissance Portrait: Functions, Uses and Display Jennifer Fletcher Fletcher, Jennifer 46

The Court Portrait Miguel Falomir Falomir, Miguel 66

Catalogue

Remembering 83

Identity, Attributes, Allegory 115

Courtship and Friendship 145

Family 177

Love and Beauty 205

Drawing Portraits 233

Portraits of Rulers 267

List of Lenders 290

Bibliography 291

Index 300

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