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Irreplaceable Portraits

Studies on Portraiture from the Medieval to the Contemporary

Editors: Katlijne Van der Stighelen Rudi Ekkart
Publishing Manager: Johan Van der Beke
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ISSN 2983-9548

Method of peer review
single-blind undertaken by a specialist member of the Board or an external specialist

Portraiture, Painting, Graphic Arts, Sitters, Photography, Mimesis, Worldwide, Middle Ages to Contemporary

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Portraits are irreplaceable because of the uniqueness of the relationship that they mediate between the artist, the sitter, and the viewer. In no artistic genre is the confrontation and interaction as intimate and absolute as in portraiture. Portraits can reflect past or current people, their gender, their emotions, their opinions, their social ambitions, their professional network, their tastes and preferences. They offer complete access to the intimate life of the artist and the model. By giving visual form to the exclusive and irreplaceable physiognomies of individuals or groups, portraiture is unequalled in its ability to highlight the present as well as to breathe life into the absent past.


    series editors
    Katlijne Van der Stighelen
    Rudi Ekkart

    editorial board
    Rudi Ekkart (Professor Em. Dr., Utrecht University, Former Director of the RKD – Netherlands Institute for Art History, The Hague)
    Karen Hearn (Honorary Professor Department of English Language and Literature, UCL, London)
    Kim Sajet (Director of the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, Washington)
    Änne Söll (Professorin für Kunst der Moderne, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Bochum)
    Katlijne Van der Stighelen (Professor of Early Modern Art History KU Leuven, Leuven)


    Main Language: English

    Single-blind undertaken by a specialist member of the Board or an external specialist

    All volumes in this series are evaluated by an Editorial Board strictly on academic grounds, based on reports prepared by referees, who have been commissioned by virtue of their specialism in the appropriate field. The Board ensures that the screening is done independently and without conflicts of interest. The definitive texts supplied by authors are also subject to review by the Board before being approved for publication.

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