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2018 Week 6 Course 6

Image and Identity: Changes in


British Portraiture from Holbein to Lawrence


Martin Stiles


Week 6

5 - 11 August 2018

Far more than a simple attempt to depict a ‘true likeness’, the Portrait has been used by artists and sitters throughout its history to construct identity and to represent power and status. Portraits, both of individuals and groups, also reflect society and its beliefs and priorities in ways unique to this art form. The Renaissance and the development of oil painting in sixteenth-century England changed the way in which contemporaries saw themselves and the world around them. In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the great age of portraiture, images filled town and country houses and projected the identity of sitters to friends and family. This course will track key stages in the development of British portraiture.





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