Portraits, Paperback
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Beginning in the 14th century and working its way through the ages up to the current day, this book examines the portrait via the most beloved and important examples in history.The featured artists include Simone Martini, Jan van Eyck, Albrecht Durer, Hans Holbein the Younger, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Titian, Parmigianino, Giuseppe Arcimboldo, Rembrandt, Peter Paul Rubens, Diego Velazquez, Jean-Honore Fragonard, Joshua Reynolds, Thomas Gainsborough, Francisco de Goya, Jaques-Louis David, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Gustave Courbet, Edouard Manet, Vincent van Gogh, Oskar Kokoschka, Ferdinand Hodler, Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, and Chuck Close.Each book in TASCHEN's "Basic Genre Series" features: a detailed introduction with approximately 35 photographs, plus a timeline of the most important events (political, cultural, scientific, etc.) that took place during the time period; a selection of the most important works of the epoch; each is presented on a 2-page spread with a full-page image and, on the facing page, a description/interpretation of the work and brief biography of the artist as well as additional information such as a reference work, portrait of the artist, and/or citations.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 96 pages, Illustrations
  • Publisher: Taschen GmbH
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Art styles not defined by date
  • ISBN: 9783822854709



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he talks about a lot of paintings in the intro. in the space he used he could have made them entries in the book. the paintings he talked about in the intro were never on the same page as the writeup. this is very annoying. the write-ups were knowledgeable and informative. bought in london at the npg for $10.

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