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Public Faces and Private Identities in Seventeenth-Century Holland : Portraiture and the Production of Community - Ann Jensen Adams

Public Faces and Private Identities in Seventeenth-Century Holland

Portraiture and the Production of Community

Hardcover Published: 1st April 2009
ISBN: 9780521444552
Number Of Pages: 412

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During the seventeenth century, Dutch portraits were actively commissioned by corporate groups and by individuals from a range of economic and social classes. They became among the most important genres of painting. Not merely mimetic representations of their subjects, many of these works create a new dialogic relationship with the viewer. Ann Jensen Adams examines four portrait genres - individuals, the family, history portraits, and civic guards. She analyzes these works in relation to inherited visual traditions, contemporary art theory, changing cultural beliefs about the body, about sight, and the image itself, as well as to current events. Adams argues that as individuals became unmoored from traditional sources of identity, such as familial lineage, birthplace, and social class, portraits helped them to find security in a self-aware subjectivity and the new social structures that made possible the 'economic miracle' that has come to be known as the Dutch Golden Age.

Industry Reviews

"Adams's book deserves appreciation for its innovative, insightful approach to a type of art whose value neither historians nor art historians have fully appreciated." -Benjamin Kaplan, Journal of Modern History
"Her emphasis on multiple social identities that crossed regional, class, and religious boundaries evokes the important social role of the pictures she examines for a culturally diverse society and consequently the centrality of context for understanding how they were viewed." -CATHERINE LEVESQUE,The College of William and Mary
"This long-awaited cultural study comes out to much anticipation, and it does not disappoint." --Seventeenth-Century News
"In summary we can say that Public Faces and Private Identities is a well-written and inspiring text, systematically constructed toward the author's closing arguments. The book is a welcome addition to the existing literature on the still underrated portrait genre." --Historians of Netherlandish Art

The cultural power of portraits: the market, interpersonal experience, and subjectivity
Portraits of individuals: Physiognomy, demeanor, and the representation of character
Family portraits: the private arena and the social order
The history portrait: comprehending self through historical narrative
Civic guard portraits: personal friendships and the public sphere
Portraits and the production of identity: transitional objects and potential spaces
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ISBN: 9780521444552
ISBN-10: 0521444551
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 412
Published: 1st April 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 25.8 x 18.5  x 2.8
Weight (kg): 1.16