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Portraiture is the only book available which provides a comprehensive introduction to portraiture. Beautifully illustrated throughout with 130 images, 86 in full colour, Portraiture examines the many meanings, and uses of portraiture throughout the ages, providing much fascinating detail within a clear overview. It includes a wide range of artists from Van Eyck and Holbein to Picasso and Frida Kahlo, and is the only single-authored book at this price on the subject of portraiture.

This fascinating new book explores the world of portraiture from a number of vantage points, and asks key questions about its nature. How has portraiture changed over the centuries? How have portraits represented their subjects, and how have they been interpreted? Issues of identity, modernity, and gender are considered within a cultural and historical context.

In Portraiture, Shearer West uncovers much intriguing detail about a genre that has often been seen as purely representational, featuring examples from African tribes to Renaissance princes, and from 'stars' such as David and Victoria Beckham to ordinary people. In the process, sheshows us how to communicate with the past in an exciting new way.

Product Code 1014500
ISBN 9780192842589
author Shearer West
Format Paperback
GTIN 9780192842589
Pages 256
Published 2004
publisher Oxford University Press
Series Oxford History of Art
Dimensions 16.9 cm X 23.8 cm X 1.4 cm
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