Renaissance Faces Van Eyck to Titian Lorne Campbell, National Gallery Company Limited, Miguel Falomir, Jennifer Fletcher, Luke Syson, National Gallery Company Limited,

National Gallery London
Publication date:
07 Jan 2011
304 pages: 318 x 241 x 24mm
190 colour illustrations

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.

 Lorne Campbell was formerly Beaumont Senior Research Curator at the National Gallery, London. Luke Syson is Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Curator in Charge of the Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Miguel Falomir is Head Curator of Italian Renaissance Painting at the Museo Nacional del Prado. Jennifer Fletcher was formerly Senior Lecturer at the Courtauld Institute.

“In this lovely book, you find portraits of money lenders, artists, collectors of rare and beautiful objects, courtiers, grandees, marriageable young women and people in their old age … So many of the faces these faces are haunting in their seriousness and sense of life. These are images you take away in your mind long after the book is back on the shelf.” - Richard Edmonds, Birmingham Post

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