Inventing Faces: Rhetorics of Portraiture Between Renaissance and Modernism
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The portrait is defined by the postulate of similarity; the interpretation of a likeness, however, does not stop with the identification of depicted persons. In this book, acclaimed authors approach the portrait genre from visual studies and linguistic perspectives, which led them on an impressive journey through time from the Middle Ages to the present and into the future. The portrait is explored as a complex result of the triad of model, artist, and recipient. From this perspective, the wordlessness of visual depictions proves erroneous, as portraits develop their own forms of expression and codes, which aim at dialog with the viewer. The face is thus not understood as a given feature of nature, but as a symbol or concept; looking at, interpreting, and reading faces is intrinsically connected with the search for human identity.
Title: Inventing Faces: Rhetorics of Portraiture Between Renaissance and Modernism Authors: Collective Publisher: Deutscher Kunstverlag GmbH Theme: Art history Format: Hardcover Pages: 232 Dimension: 23 x 28 cm Language: English Release date: May 2014 ISBN: 9783422072534