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Roman Portraits (英語) ペーパーバック – 2004/10/1
Among the greatest artistic achievements of the Roman Empire are portrait sculptures. Derived from an ancient tradition of making funerary effigies, these portraits are astonishing in their realism and expressive power, and their stern humanity speaks to us across the millennia with undiminished force and directness. Roman Portraits is a faithful reprint, in slightly reduced format, of a classic Phaidon plate book, first published in 1940. Its distinguished author, Ludwig Goldscheider, one of the founders of Phaidon Press, not only wrote the text, but made the selection of images and designed the book himself. The remarkable photographs were taken by the writer and photographer Ilse Schneider-Lengyel, who was commissioned by Phaidon in the 1930s to photograph antique and Renaissance sculpture in the great museums of Europe. This is a compendium volume to the same author's bestselling Rodin and Michelangelo. Portraits are always fascinating, and the powerful, brooding faces in this book have a compelling and haunting quality that will appeal to all students of sculpture and of human nature.
'Will become a treasured possession ... beautiful illustrations ... a delight to handle and read.' (Publishing News) 'Astonishingly expressive ... The shock of direct recognition is due not only to the power of the classical sculptors, but also to the photographer's unvarying emphasis on the faces.' (The Times)商品の説明をすべて表示する
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Granted, human nature is truly revealed in choices and actions, which a bust portrait cannot depict. Yet - there is a lot to be said for the fact that certain life choices and habits carve this person's face... The emotions that are behind their choices make certain facial expressions, which over time create distinctive muscle-tendon-bone structures...
So, the face can be said to show not just certain inborn characteristic, but also the sum of this person's life choices, as traced by the emotional marks on their faces.
This book is truly remarkable not just for artistic study (and as someone else said, the photography is superb!) but also for the study of human character.
So happy to have this - truly valuable!