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National Gallery Company Ltd
20 February 2011
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 Durer, 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.
By:   Lorne Campbell, Miguel Falomir, National Gallery Company Limited, Jennifer Fletcher, Luke Syson
Imprint:   National Gallery Company Ltd
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 32mm,  Width: 24mm,  Spine: 2mm
Weight:   1.814kg
ISBN:   9781857094077
ISBN 10:   1857094077
Pages:   304
Publication Date:   20 February 2011
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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.

Reviews for Renaissance Faces: Van Eyck to Titian

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 (12/09/2008)

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