BRITISH PORTRAIT MINIATURES: The Cleveland Museum of ArtCORY KORKOW Book Number: 86960 Product format: Hardback
The collection of British miniatures held in the Cleveland Museum of Art is renowned for the exceptional quality of its works and in this volume, immense in both physical size and quality of illustration, Cory Korkow, assistant curator of European Art at the CMA, takes a close look at 73 of the collection's treasures, many of them featured in a published work for the first time. Because of their very nature, these works of art are fragile, light-sensitive objects which cannot be on permanent view if they are to be preserved. Executed on vellum, card, paper, ivory and enamel and often housed in the most extraordinary cases that are integral to the work as a whole, miniatures are complex objects, meant to be examined up close and from all sides. Beginning with an overview on the genesis and evolution of the CMA collection we move on to the catalogue, which arranges the works in chronological order (as much as can be ascertained) from Nicholas Hilliard's 2" oval portrait of the 1st Earl of Nottingham from 1576, nicely bookended by a young Arthur Wellesley from 1806 and a luminous, now iconic posthumous study of Napoleon I from 1841. Captivating images employing high resolution photography expand these tiny originals to a 9½"×11¼" full page as well as showing the object life size front and obverse, along with any other fascinating details, such as signatures, dedications etc. Many miniature commissions for these portable portraits were of spouses, children and lovers; many artists remain unidentified, possibly to protect the identity of their patrons. Mini-biographies and each of the 73 examples has a full description and history, multiple photos and historical context. A heavyweight tome to test your coffee table, 288pp with 349 illus.
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