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    Available in PDF - DJVU Format | English Face.pdf | Language: ENGLISH
    David Piper(Author)

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The author considers how the face has been depicted by portrait painters, miniaturists, sculptors, caricaturists and photographers over the past 500 years and shows how every age has its own ideal standard of beauty influenced by changing fashions in dress, manners and artistic taste. This book explores the relationship between artist and sitter whilst considering whether or not the English face exists.

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  • PDF | 320 pages
  • David Piper(Author)
  • National Portrait Gallery; 2nd edition (July 25, 2006)
  • English
  • 4
  • Arts & Photography

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  • By Jane in Milwaukee on July 14, 2014

    And now on pages 24 and 25 I recall why: these two portraits of them, one facing one quarter to the left and the other to the right look remarkably alike in the shape of body and face, the firm-set mouth, the nose. Being painted in the early 16th century, their royal clothes are similar. Same mien. And who is the lovely beauty on the cover? That's Nell Gwyn, famous mistress of Charles II. As I browse through the entire book I'm amazed at what I didn't realize this book would cover: nonportraiture. The first images of faces of monarchs and nobles are all effigies, marble or bronze or stone, either in statues or, more assuredly, on tombs. We see the painting on the cover and our thoughts of "faces" simply goes to "as painted." But in the later sections of the book, it's also the development of photography.I liked it being pointed out the development of the painting itself including the position of the sitter, the lighting, the clothing...are we making him handsome or showing what he really looked like? Does she "paint" or is that her natural coloration? Wigs were so huge for 150 years that they blighted most other considerations in portraiture! And it seems like there wasn't much laughter till the 20th century because we never see a big toothy grin. (But this was unthinkable, both because it was unfitting and...they all had rotten teeth.)My favorite period of history is Tudor England so of course I turned to the Renaissance, Hans Holbein the Younger--one of the painters who gets his own chapter, and the next chapter entitled "The Elizabethans--A Rock Against Time." The largest portraits are the classic one of Henry VIII as well as Princess Elizabeth, The Ditchley Portrait, and The Cobham Portrait. Neither Mary Tudor nor Mary Stuart are anywhere in sight. But there are additionally several Hilliard miniatures to show Elizabeth's changing face.I like this book. It has just enough color photos to make up for the b&w and I find the text readable and interesting.

  • By Nike on October 21, 2010

    Gorgeous book, generously illustrated for any artist, student or lover of portraiture from this time period. I use it as a reference for skill building but it is so overall beautiful it's easy to spend hours getting lost in the beauty of these old master style paintings. Enjoy!


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