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Faces

Author: Alexander Sturgis
Publisher: London : National Gallery Publications ; [New Haven, Conn.] : Distributed by Yale University Press, 1998.
Series: Pocket guides (National Gallery (Great Britain))
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Faces are everywhere in the National Gallery's Collection: in portraits and narrative scenes, in allegories and paintings of everyday life. But how can the depiction of a face suggest a personality, and how have artists distinguished the features of martyrs and sinners, peasants and poets? How do we understand facial expressions and how subjective is our reading of them?" "Alexander Sturgis tackles these questions,  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alexander Sturgis
ISBN: 1857092228 9781857092226
OCLC Number: 40838953
Description: 80 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm.
Contents: Two kinds of face --
How Painters Paint Faces --
Technical conventions --
The ideal face --
Facial stereotypes --
The fashionable face --
Subverting ideals --
Portraits: Painting Appearance --
Catching a likeness --
Likeness and the ideal --
Portraits: Painting Character --
Setting --
Pose --
Position --
The expressive face --
Eyes --
Ambiguities of expression --
The Expression of The Emotions --
Conclusion: The Blank Face.
Series Title: Pocket guides (National Gallery (Great Britain))
Responsibility: Alexander Sturgis.

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"Faces are everywhere in the National Gallery's Collection: in portraits and narrative scenes, in allegories and paintings of everyday life. But how can the depiction of a face suggest a personality, and how have artists distinguished the features of martyrs and sinners, peasants and poets? How do we understand facial expressions and how subjective is our reading of them?" "Alexander Sturgis tackles these questions, and provides a valuable introduction to such issues as the changing fashions in faces, differing ideals of beauty and the ways in which portrait painters have captured a likeness and conveyed character. It allows us to approach faces in paintings, both at the National Gallery and elsewhere, with a fresh perspective, and to appreciate the thought and skill that has been brought to their portrayal."--Jacket.

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