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Roman Portraits Paperback – 13 Sep 2004

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Product details

  • Paperback: 140 pages
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press; 01 edition (13 Sept. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714844365
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714844367
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 1.3 x 30.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 678,559 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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I bought this after seeing it on 'Design Matters TV, by Linda and Laura Kemshall. It's really useful for help with tonal drawings and picking out the lights and darks. I wonder what other people will use it for!
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa2b56768) out of 5 stars 4 reviews
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HASH(0xa267503c) out of 5 stars Death masks. 29 April 2006
By John Colum Hughes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Powerful portraits done in marble from Roman times.Very little literature but the photos are excellent and haunting.A nice book for any collection.The faces are so life-like.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2481b94) out of 5 stars Photo gallery of ancient Romans 11 Feb. 2005
By Kuru - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a highly browsable, enjoyable collection of photos of faces from Roman sculpture. It is not a museum catalogue and provides little textual description. The 120 plate photos themselves are artistically done (as opposed to being intended simply to document the sculpture). In Roman times, sculptures served a purpose similar to photographs today. Relatively few of the portraits are of identifiable people, but Cicero and Augustus, among others, are included.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2977f78) out of 5 stars Fantastic! 23 Feb. 2007
By Hillel Elkayam - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The cover, showing a few profiles overlapping one another, really gives this book's idea: you can study human character by comparing one portrait to another.

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!
HASH(0xa2488dec) out of 5 stars Good photos 11 Mar. 2014
By rich - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Good book. Would have liked a little more tonal quality in the photos. I found them overly contrasty. Good book non the less
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