Item Number: 109782
Title: Starke Köepfe : Porträt(s) des Kunsthistorischen Museums
Author: Haag, Sabine (ed)
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Description: Wien: Kunsthistorisches Museum, 2010. 28cm., pbk., 111pp. illus., most in color. Exhibition catalogue. Summary: The collections of the KHM contain portraits of people who lived thousands of years apart. Many of these artworks not only attract our gaze but seem to return it: they are not merely inanimate objects, they appear to face us. The exhibition “Talking Heads” offers visitors the opportunity to study, confront and get to know some of them. The exhibition focuses on such questions as why do four-thousand-year-old heads from Ancient Egypt retain the power to move us, what did Roman emperors expect from their portraits and those who encountered them, or what were the strategies employed by artists since the Renaissance to document their new-found social standing. The exhibition, arranged in ten sections, showcases a selection from the KHM’s exceptionally rich and varied collection of portraits. Seminal paintings by Dürer, Parmigianino, Titian, Velázquez, Rembrandt or Rubens rub shoulders with rarely-seen artworks from the museum’s depository. Outstanding ancient Egyptian, Greek or Roman, Renaissance or baroque sculptures are placed in novel and surprising contexts. Coins and medals, passed from hand to hand over the millennia, established the fundamental rules of portraiture on which the exhibition focuses. (Intermezzo, 2)
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