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Portraits Destroyed: Power, Ego and History's Vandals

Julie Cotter

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Thames & Hudson
01 August 2019
Art & Architecture; Portraits in art
An incredible psychological analysis of the power of the portrait.

Churchill entered Westminster Hall at noon, to the sound of drums beating out a victory roll – his signature gesture. At 80, he was still prime minister, and angered by discussion of retirement. But that irritation would pale in comparison to the anger he was about to feel on this day, 10 November 1954, when his birthday portrait was unveiled.

Portraits have power. For centuries the tool of queens, emperors, statesmen and dictators, they offer the ultimate in image control. And, identified as portraits are with their subjects, their destruction remains a shocking act – whether committed for reasons of vanity, legacy, ethics, race, or even as part of the creative process. Join respected art historian Dr Julie Cotter as she journeys through eras, continents and regimes to examine the extraordinary stories of Portraits Destroyed.
By:   Julie Cotter
Imprint:   Thames & Hudson
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 239mm,  Width: 159mm,  Spine: 25mm
Weight:   532g
ISBN:   9781760760069
ISBN 10:   1760760064
Publication Date:   01 August 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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