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Portraits and Persons

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Portraits have for centuries been one of the most important art forms. But what do portraits tell us? What do they mean? And what makes a picture into a portrait?

In this book, leading art philosopher Cynthia Freeland addresses these questions and more. As she shows, portraits have served two fundamental functions throughout the ages. Firstly, they preserve identity, bring
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Kindle Edition, 370 pages
Published June 17th 2010 by OUP Oxford
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Kathleen O'Neal
Jan 09, 2015 Kathleen O'Neal rated it it was ok
"Portraits and Persons" is a book with a lot of potential that is ultimately left unfulfilled by the time that the book is done. Perhaps the most surprising thing about it to me was that it is not a work of philosophy in the sense that I would have assumed given how the author bills it at the outset coupled with her professional credentials as a philosopher. Instead of addressing some of the really interesting philosophical questions about portraiture which one could raise, the author instead ...more
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