"Among the purposes of portraiture from the 14th century to the present day have been self-admiration, propaganda, celebration and souvenir. Malcolm Warner discusses the way that the sitter's pose, costume, setting and personality, together with the artist's style, all play their part in determining the portrayal of the subject. And he suggests that a portrait's psychological content inevitably comes from the spectator. The authoritative text takes into account new research in art history. Over 100 full-colour illustrations are complemented by tinted information panels providing specific reference to each major painting, its background and critical interpretations. Among the artists in this book are Raphael, Durer, Holbein, Rubens, Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Titian, Gainsborough, Goya, Degas, Van Gogh, Picasso, and Chagall."
Book in very good condition with some wear to the dust jacket.