The Royal Collection Portrait of the Artist

Portrait of the Artist

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'Catalogues! At their best, not only beautifully illustrated but providing provocative essays and analyses of individual works of art. Portrait of the Artist by Anna Reynolds, Lucy Peter and Martin Clayton published by Royal Collection Trust […] is a superb example: surprising, beautiful and enjoyable, replete with the unexpected from Rembrandt to Prince Philip' - The Tablet

A beautiful book exploring self-portraits by artists from Rembrandt to Hockney

The first book to focus on images of artists from within the Royal Collection, Portrait of the Artist brings together paintings, drawings, prints, and photographs by artists from across the centuries, including works by Rembrandt van Rijn, Peter Paul Rubens, David Hockney, and Lucian Freud. While some of the portraits included in this book were created to showcase the artist’s talent, others were motivated by more personal reasons, to preserve the images of cherished friends. Anna Reynolds, Lucy Peter, and Martin Clayton explore a number of themes including the cult of the artist, the symbolism evoked through representations of the artist's studio and the relationships between artists and patrons, including the important role of the monarchy in commissioning and collecting portraits of artists.

Published to accompany a major exhibition opening in 2016 at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, Portrait of the Artist provides a fascinating new perspective on this tradition, with lavish colour illustrations of works from the fifteenth century to the present.

Details
  • Authors: Lucy Peter, Martin Clayton and Anna Reynolds
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Date published: November 2016
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-1909741324
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 20.3 cm
Reviews

'Accompanying Buckingham Palace's exhibition, this lavishly illustrated catalogue takes us on a delightful whirl through portraits and self-portraits of artists collected by Royals through the centuries. There is David Hockney's luminous self-portrait created on an iPad, David Dawson's photograph of Lucian Freud painting The Queen, a bankrupt Rembrandt's melancholy self-portrait, and cartoonist Thomas Rowlandson's 1810 satirical watercolour of the bohemian artist's life. On a darker note, Cristofano Allori painted his own handsome head in his Judith With The Head Of Holofernes (1613) - chopped off and gripped by its curly hair, in the hands of his tempestuous ex-lover. Highly recommended.' - The Lady

'This sumptuous book examines not only artist's self-portraits, but also paintings of artists by their friends and contemporaries. […] This volume is packed with information and with many images this book is everything you need on a most interesting subject' - Gazette and Herald

'Catalogues! At their best, not only beautifully illustrated but providing provocative essays and analyses of individual works of art. Portrait of the Artist by Anna Reynolds, Lucy Peter and Martin Clayton published by Royal Collection Trust […] is a superb example: surprising, beautiful and enjoyable, replete with the unexpected from Rembrandt to Prince Philip.' - The Tablet


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