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How to read portraits

ISBN: 9781588397645
Format: Paperback
Publisher: *Metropolitan Museum Of Art
Origin: US
Release Date: June, 2024

Book Details

This latest volume in The Met’s acclaimed How to Read series explores the meaning of portraiture across time and cultures–from funerary masks to realism to abstraction Portraiture goes far beyond capturing a likeness. This intimate genre sheds light on the subjects’ and makers’ politics, relationships, aspirations, and insecurities. Featuring more than fifty works across time and cultures, from the lifelike Faiyum funerary masks of ancient Roman Egypt to Pablo Picasso’s and Marsden Hartley’s abstractions to likenesses imagined by contemporary artists, this publication probes the notion of what constitutes a portrait, beyond mere verisimilitude. Bestselling author Kathryn Calley Galitz illuminates how artists through the ages have exploited the genre to reveal character and convey power and status; how artists as varied as Rembrandt and Cindy Sherman embraced artifice and role-playing to explore identity; and how the term “portraiture” encompasses a wider variety of works than typically thought. This reexamination of a deceptively familiar genre provides fascinating ideas about what these images can tell us about the sitter, the artist, the culture in which they lived, and ourselves. Published by The Metropolitan Museum of Art/Distributed by Yale University Press