Faces of Power & Piety

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Getty Publications, 2008 - Art - 88 pages
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Faces of Power and Piety is the second in the Medieval Imagination series of small, affordable books that draw on manuscript illuminations in the collections of the J. Paul Getty Museum and the British Library. Each volume focuses on a particular theme to provide an accessible and delightful introduction to the imagination of the medieval world.
The vivid and charming faces featured in this volume include portraits of both illustrious historical figures and celebrated contemporaries. They reveal that medieval artists often disregarded physical appearance in favor of emphasizing qualities such as power and piety, capturing how their subjects wished to be remembered for the ages. Faces of Power and Piety also looks at the development of portraiture in the modern sense during the Renaissance, when likeness became an important component of portrait painting. An exhibition of the same name will be on view at the J. Paul Getty Museum from August 12 through October 26, 2008.
 

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Contents

What Is a Portrait?
1
THE EVOLUTION OF MEDIEVAL PORTRAITURE 2 Symbols of Rank and Glory The Early Middle Ages
2
The Later Middle Ages and Renaissance
10
PORTRAITS OF THE PAST
13
Christ
23
Miraculous Portraits
27
Saints
35
Writers
40
Donors
56
Coats of Arms
63
Owners
66
Simon de Varie
76
Portraiture Memory and Pride
80
Suggestions for Further Reading
86
Books of Related Interest from Getty Publications and British Library Publications
87
The Medieval Imagination Series About the Author
88

Giovanni Boccaccio
50
PORTRAITS OF THE PRESENT
54

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About the author (2008)


Erik Inglis teaches medieval art history at Oberlin College in Ohio. His publications center on court art in the later medieval France, from art and ritual to the court painter Jean Fouquet.

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