This volume reproduces and discusses some 100 American portrait and mourning miniatures. Robin Jaffee Frank examines the miniatures in detail, offering insights into their role in American art and social history. She uncovers the stories of those who sat for them, and those who treasured them.
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Robin Jaffee Frank is associate curator of American paintings and sculpture at the Yale University Art Gallery.From Booklist:
This thick book's other dimensions are approximately those of a next-larger-than-regular-size postcard. Yet most of its colorplates are full-scale reproductions, for the brilliantly lifelike paintings in them are tiny portraits painted in watercolor on thin ivory disks. During the hundred years before photography, they were all the rage among Americans who could afford their highly skilled creators' fees. Before that, they had evolved from medieval manuscript illuminations and enjoyed 400 years' popularity in Britain. Such famous American artists as Benjamin West, John Singleton Copley, and the three generations of Peales produced them regularly. Frank reviews some 100 outstanding examples, reporting their genesis, generally as intimate mementos of loved ones who were frequently absent or who had died, and examining their technical qualities. Fascinating art history that makes for a near-perfect book to while away the hours with. Ray Olson
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Descripción Yale University Press. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. 0300087241 New Condition. Nº de ref. de la librería NEW7.0070985
Descripción Yale University Press, 2000. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Never used!. Nº de ref. de la librería P110300087241