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Eye to Eye European Portraits 1450-1850

written by Kathleen Morris, Richard Rand

Yale University Press | ISBN 9780300175646

Hardback – 160 pages


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Portraiture is an enduring genre that has captivated artists and viewers for hundreds of years. From the late 15th through the early 19th century, artists continued to find new ways of approaching the portrait by exploring a range of styles, strategies, and themes. In this beautiful book, noted scholars discuss these various approaches and explain how they apply to specific examples, focusing on thirty superb portraits drawn from a distinguished private collection. Although many of these portraits are by renowned artists such as Lucas Cranach the Elder, Jacques-Louis David, Jean-Baptiste Greuze, Hans Memling, and Anthony van Dyck, others testify to the talents of lesser-known artists who are equally deserving of attention. Several of the featured paintings have never before been published, including outstanding portraits by acclaimed European masters such as Giovanni Battista Moroni, Parmigianino, Jusepe de Ribera, and Peter Paul Rubens. "Eye to Eye" offers a new understanding of these exceptional and rarely seen works within the portrait genre.

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