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American Faces: A Cultural History of Portraiture and Identity (Hardcover)

Richard H. Saunders

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Hardcover. Americans have been celebrating themselves in portraits since the arrival of the first itinerant portrait painters to the colonies. Whether painting in oil, carving in stone, casting in b.Shipping may be from multiple locations in the US or from the UK, depending on stock availability. 260 pages. 1.361. Bookseller Inventory # 9781611688924

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Portraits. We know what they are, but why do we make them? Americans have been celebrating themselves in portraits since the arrival of the first itinerant portrait painters to the colonies. They created images to commemorate loved ones, glorify the famous, establish our national myths, and honor our shared heroes. Whether painting in oil, carving in stone, casting in bronze, capturing on film, or calculating in binary code, we spend considerable time creating, contemplating, and collecting our likenesses.

In this sumptuously illustrated book, Richard H. Saunders explores our collective understanding of portraiture, its history in America, how it shapes our individual and national identity, and why we make portraits—whether for propaganda and public influence or for personal and private appreciation. American Faces is a rich and fascinating view of ourselves.

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RICHARD H. SAUNDERS is director of the Middlebury College Museum of Art and professor of history of art and architecture. He lives in Middlebury, Vermont.

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