American Faces: A Cultural History of Portraiture and Identity
Richard H. SaundersCloth: $45.00
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|Cloth Publication Date:||09/06/2016|
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|E-book Publication Date:||09/06/2016|
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An engaging, light history of the way the United States has embraced images of its people and how these have helped define a national identity.
--ARLIS, Art Libraries Society of North America
This book will certainly cause readers to have a better understanding of portraits and to rethink what a picture says, particularly how portraits define and celebrate "our our place in society.
--Maine Antique Digest
This is an intriguing treatment of portraiture and nationality identity. . . . Highly recommended.
This fun, fast-paced tour of American portraiture from the colonial era to the present manages to be both scholarly and quick-witted. Saunders zigzags through our national history in a series of thematically organized chapters to show how Americans have portrayed themselves in art, photography, and other media. Facebook may be a recent phenomenon, but American Faces demonstrates that the compulsive need to present a likeable image of the self to friends and strangers goes back to the founding of the country.
--David M. Lubin, author of Grand Illusions: American Art and the First World War
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.