EUROPEAN PORTRAITS 1450-1850
By Richard Rand and Kathleen M. Morris
With an essay by David Ekserdjian
Bronze Medal, 2011 Independent Publisher Book Awards
For centuries, portraiture has captured the imagination of both artists and viewers, not to mention the sitters themselves. A great portrait's power to enthrall remains strong today, as is evident in the extraordinary group of masterworks recently assembled by a private collector and here presented to the public for the first time.
Eye to Eye features thirty paintings by master artists from the late fifteenth through the early nineteenth century, including portraits by Hans Memling, Lucas Cranach the Elder, Anthony Van Dyck, Jean Baptiste Greuze, Jacques-Louis David, and other outstanding if sometimes lesser-known painters. The book brings to light a number of works that are virtually unknown, having never been published or publicly exhibited, including Portrait of a Man by the brilliant Mannerist artist Parmigianino; a remarkably fresh portrait of a Young Man by the Flemish master Peter Paul Rubens; two canvases by the great Spanish painter Jusepe de Ribera; and the glamorous and arresting Portrait of a Young Woman by Giovanni Battista Moroni, a sixteenth-century Italian painter famous for his penetrating depictions, and arguably one of the most talented portraitists of all time.
Published to accompany an exhibition at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, this exquisite volume includes stunning color reproductions of each of the works as well as numerous full-page details. Informative texts by curators Richard Rand and Kathleen Morris, together with an insightful essay by the noted scholar David Ekserdjian, provide a fresh look at the range of styles, themes, and approaches in European portraiture.
Richard Rand is the Robert and Martha Berman Lipp Senior Curator and Curator of Paintings and Sculpture at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Kathleen M. Morris is the Sylvia and Leonard Marx Director of Collections and Exhibitions and Curator of Decorative Arts at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. David Ekserdjian is Head of the Department of History of Art and Film at the University of Leicester and a Trustee of the National Gallery, London.
78 color illustrations
ISBN 978-0-300-17564-6 (hardcover)