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The Elements of Life By Richard Wendorf

The Elements of Life
by Richard Wendorf

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This ambitious study focuses on the great age of English portraiture, from the the arrival of Van Dyck (1632) to the publication of Boswell's Life of Johnson (1791), in order to establish the grounds of comparison between biography and portrait-painting - two arts that have often been linked in a casual way but whose historical interrelations remain almost entirely unexplored.
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The Elements of Life: Biography and Portrait-Painting in Stuart and Georgian England by Richard Wendorf

In this ambitious study, Richard Wendorf establishes the grounds of comparison between two arts that have often been linked in a casual way but whose historical interrelations remain almost completely unexplored. By focusing on the great age of English portraiture - from the arrival of Van Dyck to the publication of Boswell's Life of Johnson - the author shows that, despite their obvious differences, visual and verbal portraits often shared similar assumptions about the representation of historical character. Grounded in modern theory devoted to the comparison of literature and painting and to the problem of representation, this book examines each form of portraiture in terms of the other. Among those writers considered are Izaak Walton, John Evelyn, John Aubrey, Roger North, Goldsmith, Johnson, Mrs Piozzi, Boswell; among the artists are Van Dyck, Lely, Samuel Cooper, Jonathan Richardson, Hogarth and Reynolds. The careers of `double agents' (painters, like Richardson and Reynolds, who experimented with biographical writing) are also discussed. The Elements of Life is a ground-breaking critical history of biography and portrait-painting in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

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sophisticated and scholarly ... the book is full of new insights, and the beauty of Wendorf's approach lies in his close readings of portraits and biographical writings. * Shearer West, Times Literary Supplement *

Table of Contents


List of plates; List of abbreviations; Representing historical character; Iconic biography: Izaak Walton and John Evelyn; Iconic pictures: Van Dyck and Stuart portraiture; Brief lives and miniatures: John Aubrey and Samuel Cooper; Double agents: Jonathan Richardson and Roger North; Hogarth's dilemma; Biography at mid-century: Acts of complicated virtue; Reynolds and 'The Genius of Life'; Boswell's Flemish picture; Epilogue: Gainsborough's Butterfly; Index

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GOR002016037
The Elements of Life: Biography and Portrait-Painting in Stuart and Georgian England by Richard Wendorf
Richard Wendorf
Clarendon Paperbacks
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Oxford University Press
1992-01-23
330
0198119798
9780198119791
N/A
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