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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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192 pages | 9 x 6
Art: Art--General Studies
History: General History
Table of Contents
I. The Authority of the Likeness
II. Fashioning the Self
III. Fabricated Identities: Placements
IV. ’Here’s Looking at You!’
List of Illustrations