PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST


PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST

ANNA REYNOLDS, LUCY PETER    Book Number: 86417    Product format: Hardback

Like cave handprints, self-portraits record the presence of the artist together with his or her ability to record their 'self' and this gives much appeal to modern eyes. They were also of course portrayed by their friends, teachers and admirers and this is a book about the image of the artist and how that image in reality and perception has changed over time. Increasing numbers of self portraits were made at the end of the 15th century recording how the artist would be developed, represented and mythologised over time and attempting to covey their inner self - their personality and aspirations. A number of illuminated medieval manuscripts include portraits of their makers within their decorative borders or capitals as a form of artistic signature. See for example Hugo the Painter from the late 11th century. Here is the first publication to focus on images of artists from within the Royal Collection. It showcases world-renowned artists from Rembrandt to Hockney, surviving and reliable likenesses of Leonardo da Vinci by his student Francesco Melzi, and paintings, works on paper, photographs and decorative arts by artists including Rubens, Gentileschi, Dürer, Reynolds and Freud. In a 1908 self portrait, Jean-Baptiste Edouard Détaille paints himself extravagantly moustachioed, puffing on an exotic calabash pipe, and wearing the uniform of a Red Lancer of Napoleon I's Imperial Guard of almost 100 years earlier. His eyes pierce out from the canvas, the smoke wafting. It is placed on a facing page opposite a photograph from 1975 of David Hockney, in the courtyard outside his studio, wearing the bucket hat of a bohemian artist. Jan Steen's Cardplayers in a Tavern (1660-65) sees the artist as the host, holding a pewter tankard and other figures are known artistic compatriots. One of our favourites is the mesmerising eyes of Rembrandt's Self Portrait in a Flat Cap of 1642 and the extraordinary detail of portrait miniatures including one of Isaac Oliver (c.1590) with one hand on hip in his black silk satin doublet. Also explored is the changing status of the artist and how this is portrayed both in the physical works and in the relationship between artist and patron. Sumptuously illustrated, 256 large pages 8¼ x 10¼, a quality publication.
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ISBN 9781909741324
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