Portraiture is one of the oldest and most studied genres of art. While most scholars will look at a painting's composition, style, and themes, often questions remain unanswered-who were these people and why were they painted?
This entertaining book reveals the identities and lives of some of the most famous characters that populate art history-from the Renaissance to the 21st century. Readers will learn how the fifteen-year-old subject of da Vinci's Lady with an Ermine nearly destroyed a marriage; that van Dyck's depiction of Prudence in wild clothes is actually one of the most controversial aristocrats of the seventeenth century; and that Francis Bacon's character George Dyer was a man he met in a Soho nightclub. These and other stories behind works by Picasso, Klimt, Rubens, Warhol, and dozens of other artists show how portraiture remains one of the most enthralling genres. Based on art scholarship and conveyed in an accessible tone, these fascinating tales of power, lust, intrigue, jealousy, vengeance, and romance will help readers understand masterpieces of art history in an entirely new light.
Over de auteurs:
Francesca Bonazzoli is an art historian and the art critic for Corriere della Sera, Italy's largest daily newspaper. Michele Robecchi is an Italian writer and curator based in London. He was the Former Managing Editor of Flash Art (2001-2004) and Senior Editor at Contemporary Magazine (2005-2007), he is currently a Visiting Lecturer at Christie’s Education and an editor at Phaidon Press.
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