Retratos: 2,000 Years of Latin American Portraits

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The tradition of portraiture in Latin America is astonishingly long and rich. For over 2,000 years, portraits have been used to preserve the memory of the deceased, bolster the social standing of the aristocracy, mark the deeds of the mighty, advance the careers of politicians, record rites of passage, and mock symbols of the status quo. This beautiful and wide-ranging book--the first to explore the tradition of portraiture in Latin America from pre-Columbian times to the present day--features some 200 works from fifteen countries.

Retratos (Portraits) presents an engaging variety of works by such well-known figures as Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, Fernando Botero, and José Campeche as well as stunning examples by anonymous and obscure artists. Distinguished contributors discuss the significance of portraits in ancient Mayan civilizations, in the world of colonial Iberians, in the political struggles of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and in a remarkable range of other times and locations.

With a wealth of informative details and exquisite color illustrations, Retratos invites readers to appreciate Latin American portraits and their many meanings as never before.

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With the ability to stand on its own after the traveling exhibition of the same name runs its course in April 2006, this catalog presents the first overview of Latin American portraiture, featuring ... Citiți recenzia completă

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Despre autor (2004)

Marion Oettinger, Jr., is senior curator and curator of Latin American art at the
San Antonio Museum of Art; Miguel A. Bretos is senior scholar at the National
Portrait Gallery, Washington; Carolyn Kinder Carr is deputy director and chief
curator at the National Portrait Gallery, Washington. Contributors to the book
include Elizabeth P. Benson; Christopher B. Donnan; Kirsten Hammer; María
Concepción García Sáiz; Renato González Mello; Luis Pérez-Oramas;
Luis-Martín Lozano; and Teodoro Vidal.

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