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Portraiture Essays In Art & Culture

Portraiture Richard Brilliant

This is the first general and theoretical study devoted entirely to portraiture. Drawing on a broad range of images from Antiquity to the twentieth century, which includes paintings, sculptures, prints, cartoons, postage stamps, medals, documents and photographs, Richard Brilliant investigates the genre as a particular phenomenon in Western art that is especially sensitive to changes in the perceived nature of the individual in society.

The author’s argument on behalf of portraiture (and he draws on examples by such artists as Botticelli, Rembrandt, Matisse, Warhol and Hockney) does not comprise a mere survey of the genre, nor is it a straightforward history of its reception. Instead, Brilliant presents a thematic and cogent analysis of the connections between the subject-matter of portraits and the beholder's response - the response he or she makes to the image itself and to the person it represents. Portraiture's extraordinary longevity and resilience as a genre is a testament to the power of this imaginative transaction between the subject, the artist and the beholder.

Richard Brilliant is Anna S. Garbedian Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University, New York.

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Annunciation Triptych (Merode Altarpiece)

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Portrait of a Woman with a Man at a Casement

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Portrait of a Carthusian

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Tommaso di Folco Portinari (1428–1501); Maria Portinari (Maria Maddalena Baroncelli, born 1456)

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Erasmus of Rotterdam

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François I (1494–1547), King of France

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Portrait of a Young Man

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Hermann von Wedigh III (died 1560)

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Brother Gregorio Belo of Vicenza

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Filippo Archinto (born about 1500, died 1558), Archbishop of Milan

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Alessandro Vittoria (1524/25-1608)

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Guidobaldo II della Rovere, Duke of Urbino (1514–1574)

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Portrait of a Young Man, Probably Robert Devereux (1566-1601), Second Earl of Essex

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Princess Elizabeth (1596-1662), Later Queen of Bohemia

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Self-Portrait

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Portrait of a Woman, Probably Susanna Lunden (Susanna Fourment, 1599–1628)

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Portrait of Charlotte Duchesne

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The Artist's Mother: Head and Bust, Three-Quarters Right

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The Fortune Teller

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James Stuart (1612-1655), Duke of Richmond and Lennox

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Don Gaspar de Guzman (1587-1645), Count-Duke of Olivares

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Rubens, His Wife Helena Fourment (1614–1673), and Their Son Frans (1633–1678)

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Herman Doomer (born about 1595, died 1650)

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Juan de Pareja (born about 1610, died 1670)

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Self-Portrait

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Everhard Jabach (1618–1695) and His Family

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