Portraits and Persons

Portraits and Persons

(0)Review Product
email when in stock
Out of stock

Portraits have for centuries been one of the most important art forms. But what do portraits tell us? What do they mean? And what makes a picture into a portrait?

In this art history book, leading art philosopher Cynthia Freeland addresses these questions and more. As she shows, portraits have served two fundamental functions throughout the ages. Firstly, they preserve identity, bringing us closer to loved ones who are either absent or dead. And secondly, they tell us something about the subject being portrayed: not just external things such as what they are wearing, but also about the subject's emotions and inner state.

Along the way, she addresses a whole host of fascinating problems posed by the art of portraiture. Can a picture of an animal truly be a portrait? How exactly have artists through the ages managed to depict the inner state of the subject being portrayed? Is it in fact possible for an artist to capture someone's individual 'air', their unique aura? And how has science been used to help in this quest?As Freeland shows, portraits are far more than just pretty pictures. They are a fundamental way of looking at ourselves and others, raising profound questions about our identity, how it is revealed, and how it can be preserved even after death.

This art history book is one of many art books available from the National Gallery, which include art history books, art exhibition catalogues and gift books.

Product Code 1014579
ISBN 9780199234981
GTIN 9780199234981
publisher Oxford University Press
Dimensions 198 X 134 X 28
UK Standard Delivery
Delivery within 7 days with Royal Mail 24 or within 10 days with Royal Mail 48. More information on delivery
International Delivery
Delivery within 15 days. More information on delivery
UK Express - Signed Delivery
Delivery within 5 days. More information on delivery
We hope that you will love everything you buy from us, however, if you're not completely happy with your order you can return it to us within 14 days of receipt.

Exceptions apply to made-to-order products. More information on Returns & Refunds

email when in stock

Customer Reviews

Login to Review
This product hasn't been reviewed yet.
Thank you

Your review has been submitted to customer services for approval.

Thank you

Your rating has been submitted.

Thank You

We will send you an email when this product arrives in stock.