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Renaissance Faces : Van Eyck to Titian

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'Handsomely reproduced. As enjoyable an art book as I've opened this season. The illustrations include some of the best work of Raphael, Titian, Holbein' - National Post

A comprehensive survey tracing the development of portrait painting in Northern and Southern Europe during the Renaissance

In essays that focus on the intriguing relationship between artists working in Italy and northern Europe, renowned specialists analyse 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 Dürer, Jan van Eyck, Leonardo da Vinci, and Titian, among many others.

This handsome book addresses different portrait types, styles, techniques, and iconographies, and discusses the connections between painting and sculpture and portrait medals. This stunning book also explores 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.


  • Authors: Lorne Campbell is Beaumont Senior Research Curator and Luke Syson is curator of Italian paintings 1460-1500 at the National Gallery, London. Miguel Falomir is head curator of Italian Renaissance painting at the Museo Nacional del Prado. 
  • Paperback: 304 pages |190 colour illustrations
  • Date published: January 2011
  • Language: English
  • Delivery: Allow 1-2 weeks
  • ISBN: 978-1857094077
  • Product Dimensions: 31.6 x 23.8 cm

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