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Balanced between the history of art and literature, this collection of essays fully explores the theme «portrait» and its theoretical and practical variations throughout the centuries from ancient times to the present day: in a visual, pictorial, sculptural ambit yet also in a literary context. With particular attention to romance, the form of literature that, more than others, has interpreted the progressive shifting in modern times of the attention to «portraits» to that of «self-portraits». [Publisher's Text]
x, 341 p.,  leaves of plates : ill.