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America'S Presidents: National Portrait Gallery

National Portrait Gallery



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Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press
15 February 2018
History of Art & Design Styles; Painting & paintings; Exhibition catalogues & specific collections; Portraits in art; Political leaders & leadership
America's Presidents showcases the nation's largest collection of portraits of all the presidents beyond the White House's own, capturing the permanent exhibition that lies at the heart of the Portrait Gallery's mission to tell the American story through the individuals who have shaped it.

The book explores presidential imagery through portraits ranging from the traditional, such the iconic and newly restored Lansdowne portrait of George Washington by Gilbert Stuart, to the contemporary, such as Elaine de Kooning's colorful depiction of John F. Kennedy. Many of the featured portraits reveal much about the sitter, such as the intimate rendering of an informal George W. Bush by Robert Anderson and the fanciful, mosaic-like Chuck Close image of Bill Clinton. Some tell us more about the artist, such as the likeness of Franklin Delano Roosevelt that Douglas Chandor planned to include in a larger work about peace that would commemorate Roosevelt's Yalta meeting with wartime Allied leaders Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin. Works in other media, including sculptures and daguerrotypes, round out the presidential collection. Lively narratives accompany each piece, exploring the president's background and biography as well as the work's artistic and historical significance. Taken together, the portraits are a powerful visual exploration of the history of the highest office in the land and the diverse men who have held it.
By:   National Portrait Gallery
Imprint:   Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 178mm,  Spine: 14mm
Weight:   466g
ISBN:   9781588346117
ISBN 10:   1588346110
Pages:   168
Publication Date:   15 February 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

The National Portrait Gallery is dedicated to the exhibition and study of portraits of people who have made significant contributions to American history and culture. It is the only museum of its kind in the United States to reflect the connections among American history, biography, and art.

Reviews for America'S Presidents: National Portrait Gallery

The earliest presidential portraits sometimes served as the only images of the president. These days, it's easier than ever for the White House to take and share photographs of the President on social media, but paintings like the Obamas' portraits -- images of which can be seen online, with the works on view to the public at the National Portrait Gallery -- still offer another read on a president. -TIME

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