The Elements of Life: Biography and Portrait-Painting in Stuart and Georgian England
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The Elements of Life: Biography and Portrait-Painting in Stuart and Georgian England

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ISBN-13:
9780198119791
Einband:
Taschenbuch
Erscheinungsdatum:
01.03.1992
Seiten:
378
Autor:
Richard Wendorf
Gewicht:
590 g
Format:
233x156x22 mm
Serie:
Biography and Portrait-Paintin
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

This study establishes the grounds of comparison between two arts - visual and verbal portraiture - that have often been linked in a casual way but whose historical interrelations remain almost completely unexplored. A number of authors and artists, such as Boswell and Hogarth, are considered.
List of plates; List of abbreviations; Representing historical character; Iconic biography: Izaak Walton and John Evelyn; Iconic pictures: Van Dyck and Stuart portraiture; Brief lives and miniatures: John Aubrey and Samuel Cooper; Double agents: Jonathan Richardson and Roger North; Hogarth's dilemma; Biography at mid-century: Acts of complicated virtue; Reynolds and 'The Genius of Life'; Boswell's Flemish picture; Epilogue: Gainsborough's Butterfly; Index
In this bold new study, Wendorf compares two arts--biography and portrait-painting--that have often been linked in a casual way but whose historical connections have remained unexplored. Reassessing the great age of English portraiture--from the arrival of Van Dyck to the publication of Boswell's Life of Johnson--Wendorf reveals that, despite their obvious differences, visual and verbal portraits often shared similar assumptions about the representation of historical character. Rooted in modern theory devoted to the comparison of literature and painting and to the problem of representation, the book examines each form of portraiture in terms of the other, bringing into discussion such writers as Izaak Walton, John Evelyn, John Aubrey, Roger North, Goldsmith, Johnson, Mrs. Piozzi, Boswell, and such artists as Van Dyck, Lely, Samuel Cooper, Jonathan Richardson, Hogarth, and Reynolds.