In this lavishly illustrated book the author shearer west explains why the portrait as a work of art occupies the central position in art history gives easy to remember definitions of portraits and portraiture and studies the diversity of portrait forms and functions. Portraiture oxford history of art shearer west is professor of art history at the university of birmingham her publications include the image of the actor verbal and visual representation in the age of garrick and kemble fin de sicle art and society in an age of uncertainty the visual arts in germany. Paperback exploring the world of portraiture from a number of vantage points and asking key questions about its nature this book considers issues of identity modernity and gender within a cultural and historical context west uncovers much detail about a genre which has often been seen as purely representational series oxford history of art. Oxford history of art the only book available which provides a comprehensive introduction to portraiture beautifully illustrated throughout with 130 images 86 in full colour includes further reading examines the many meanings and uses of portraiture throughout the ages providing much fascinating detail within a clear overview. History of art department university of oxford suite 9 littlegate house st ebbes oxford ox1 1pt united kingdom t 44 0 1865 286830 f 44 0 1865 286831
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