Roman Portraits Paperback – 13 Sep 2004
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'Will become a treasured possession ... beautiful illustrations ... a delight to handle and read.' (Publishing News)
'Astonishingly expressive … The shock of direct recognition is due not only to the power of the classical sculptors, but also to the photographer’s unvarying emphasis on the faces.' (The Times)
About the Author
Ludwig Goldscheider (1896-1973) was a distinguished art historian and book designer, and co-founder of Phaidon Press in Vienna in 1923.
Ilse Schneider-Lengyel (1903-72) was a writer and photographer who specialized in sculpture. Her photographs are reproduced in two other classic works by Goldscheider, Rodin and Michelangelo, also published by Phaidon.
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Granted, human nature is truly revealed in choices and actions, which a bust portrait cannot depict. Yet - there is a lot to be said for the fact that certain life choices and habits carve this person's face... The emotions that are behind their choices make certain facial expressions, which over time create distinctive muscle-tendon-bone structures...
So, the face can be said to show not just certain inborn characteristic, but also the sum of this person's life choices, as traced by the emotional marks on their faces.
This book is truly remarkable not just for artistic study (and as someone else said, the photography is superb!) but also for the study of human character.
So happy to have this - truly valuable!