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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
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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