A Closer Look: Faces, Paperback / softback Book

A Closer Look: Faces Paperback / softback

Part of the A Closer Look series


Faces are everywhere in the National Gallery's collection: in portraits and narrative scenes, in allegories and paintings of everyday life.

It is often the faces shown that communicate most directly in a picture; their expressions may reveal the drama of a story, or the character of a sitter in a portrait. A Closer Look: Faces examines a wide array of fascinating faces found in paintings at the National Gallery.

It explains why artists in the past created faces to look as they do, what painters through the ages have considered the "ideal" face, how faces are painted, and the reasons for the development of portrait painting.

Illustrated with seventy pictures and beautiful details, this book provides an insider's view of the many faces in Western European art.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 96 pages, 100 color illus.
  • Publisher: National Gallery Company Ltd
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  • Category: History of art / art & design styles
  • ISBN: 9781857094640



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