Cindy Sherman

History Portraits
by Rizzoli
Publisher's Description
"In this collection of color photographs, Cindy Sherman (b.1954) interprets old master portraits, appearing in the guise of such figures as the Mona Lisa, Raphael's Fornarina, a fifteenth-century Flemish Madonna, a seventeenth-century trader, and a Venetian masquer. As in the earlier work that brought Sherman international fame, she is once again the set designer, director, star, and photographer of her own work, sublimating herself in a series of photographs that examine one set of stereotypes after another. These portraits are particularly erudite and enigmatic, toying with conventional categories and assumptions of art history. Costumes, backgrounds, compositions, and poses are carefully reconstructed and then transmuted in Sherman's inimitable style. Perfectly dated period silks and velvets drape prosthetic breasts and frame obvious wigs and putty noses. These versions of the old masters call into question our ideas of painterly beauty and historical modes of allurement, and expose five centuries of representational invention to Cindy Sherman's stark lens."--the publisher.
ISBN: 084781341X
Publisher: Rizzoli
Hardcover : 63 pages
Language: English
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