Portraiture by Shearer WestPortraiture by Shearer West


byShearer West

Paperback | April 13, 2004

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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.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, she shows us how to communicate withthe past in an exciting new way.
Shearer West is Professor of Art History at the University of Birmingham. Her books include Chagall (Bison, 1990), The Image of the Actor: Verbal and Visual Representation in the Age of Garrick and Kemble (Pinter, 1991), The Visual Arts in Germany 1890-1940 (Manchester UP, 2000), and Fin de Sie'cle: Art and Society in an Age of Uncert...
Title:PortraitureFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9.37 × 6.57 × 0.61 inPublished:April 13, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0192842587

ISBN - 13:9780192842589

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. What is a Portrait?2. Functions of Portraiture3. Power and Status4. Group Portraiture5. The Stages of Life6. Gender and Portraiture7. Self-Portraiture8. Portraiture and Modernism9. IdentitiesNotesAnnotated BibliographyIndexMuseums and Websites

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`a fascinating book...gorgeous examples'Independent